It’s not always possible to keep up with everything going on inside your child’s mouth. Although most parents try to help their children brush and floss, there are sometimes when cavities or gum infections seem to pop up unexpectedly. When you find something that catches your eye, it can seem as if it just appeared out of nowhere. One of these instances can be when a small area of swelling appears near a tooth. This swelling often looks like a pimple, and may drain occasionally or come and go for an extended period of time.
When these pimple-like lesions appear on the gums, it’s an indication that the nearby tooth is suffering from a nerve infection. The pimple is a result of an abscess near the root of the tooth, which is attempting to drain the infection. Most abscesses are very uncomfortable, but from time to time they can also be completely asymptomatic. Giving your child an anti-inflammatory medication can help alleviate some discomfort and swelling.
Abscesses should be treated right away. Untreated infections such as these can cause severe infections that are able to spread as far as the brain, resulting in hospitalization. The affected tooth could also be lost completely if treatment is not pursued in time. Thankfully, the treatment can successfully remove the infection and keep it from recurring. Any decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and the infected nerve tissue is also removed. Medication is placed inside of the tooth, and a temporary crown is placed over the tooth. Temporary crowns will serve to help the tooth continue to function until it is time for it to fall out naturally.
Call your children’s dentist as soon as you see an abscess on your child’s gums. Routine dental care and x-rays can help pinpoint these areas before an abscess even starts.
Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental
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