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Old 12-27-2019, 10:06 PM
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I have a deep cavity (with a filling) that developed an abscess 8 months ago. Although there was a bit of pain when it first appeared, I took antibiotics from a dentist. The pain went away but the abscess remained. I know it is recommended to get this drained much earlier.

I am still trying to preserve my tooth without root canal or extraction (although I recognize that could be a possibility). One thing I am worried about is if the draining itself could kill my tooth (assuming it is still alive). I live in California and plan to consult a dental practice in the area. The tooth is my upper second premolar tooth, which I have read can have 1 or 2 roots, each of which can have two "canals". My questions are:

1) What dangers are present in the draining of a tooth abscess? Specifically, can the draining procedure itself kill the tooth (assuming it is still alive)? Worries to come to my mind are the practitioner being too aggressive around the tooth nerve, etc.?

2) Can this tooth (upper second premolar) theoretically still be alive if one of its roots is dead (and it happens to have two roots)? If that is a possibility, how can I ensure the dentist does not interfere with a root is not even infected?

3) What is the price of this procedure in my area (for someone without health insurance). For some reason, I cannot even find this basic information online.

I have been putting draining it off for a long time because I just worry that sometimes treatments can cause more problems if done in incompetent (or overly aggressive) manners. This is why I appreciate any ideas so I can be armed with a wider net of knowledge to choose the correct practitioner and be active in the process to protect myself.
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