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abscess

hi i have an irritating swelling on my gum above my front teeth..it is not always big and sometimes u can not see it.once it made my whole lip big..some days it is just red and not very big.it makes my tooth feel pain where i once had a filling done.sometimes it pusses and then goes away for about a month,then it is back again.at the moment it has like a small white pimple.could this be the lack of something in my body or do i need a root canal.how may i get rid of the swelling?it is a sweeling like abscess about the size of a pea and is red.makes my gums and teeth feel uncomfortable..ps:my densist did say i may need a root canal.
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