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2nd root canal but still have abscess

Hi I just had a second root canal and two days after I start getting a bubble on my gum above my tooth. A little history, the first root canal was done over a decade ago and last month I had terrible pain and the appearance of the abscess on my gum just above the problem tooth. I went on antibiotics first and then after popping the abscess on several occasions only to have the abscess come back. I know it isn't recommended. The pain went away but the abscess remained. It would calm down / deflate after a good cleaning (waterpik, brushing session and then Listerine for 5 minutes) but the next day when I would eat food especially spicy foods or heavy flavored drinks, the abscess would start to swell up again. There would be no pain like when it initially appeared but I would feel the irritation on the gum. So on Tuesday April 6th, 2015 I had a dental procedure. However the Endodontist, who did the original root canal, said he filled the tooth with medication and left it with a temporary filling. He said it may or may not resolve the issue. Now two days later, I see a small abscess on my gum after eating a sub with heavy sauces. No pain. Is there no recourse but to extract the tooth? Would cutting the gums open and cleaning the affected area help? I am doing the old water and salt treatment hoping it will help. Appreciate any good advice. Thanks.
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If you have the financial resources or adequate dental insurance coverage you should consider seeing a periodontist as they specialize in treating conditions of the gums. I'm currently struggling with a gum problem that sounds a lot like yours, and am anticipating getting a root canal done next month, followed by treatment by a periodontist.
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