What is a gum abscess?
When you hear the word “abscess,” you might think of a decayed tooth. But gums can be affected too.
A gum (periodontal) abscess can result from an infection caused by food trapped between a tooth and the gums. An abscess may also be caused by gum disease.
What are some signs that you have a periodontal abscess?
Pain – Usually an abscess is quite tender to the touch and while eating. You may also experience throbbing and constant pain – not only in the affected area, but also throughout your jaw.
A bad taste in the mouth – Foul breath accompanied by a nasty taste is caused by the draining pus, which is made up of bacteria and is a sure sign that something is wrong.
A swollen, pimple-like bump on your gum – This would be the abscess itself and is the site where pus drains out if it ruptures.
If you think you are suffering from a gum or tooth abscess, what can you do?
The best thing to do is seek help from a dentist or periodontist immediately. You may find home remedies (such as a salt/water mixture) can lessen the pain for a while, but it’s important to remember that the infection won’t go away on its own.
On rare occasions, a periodontal abscess may not cause very much pain at all. But in any case, it’s a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body, so you should get it taken care of as soon as possible.
Your local dentist can help you find out the cause of an abscess and treat your infection quickly, so call right away if you suspect one.
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New York, NY 10036
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