What is a Gum Abscess?

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An abscess is a cluster of pus that develops from an infection around a tooth. When a periodontal abscess becomes noticeable it is vital to see your nearest dentist immediately. The infected area may appear red and swollen. They can often appear as a small red pocket on the gum.

gum abscessFrom the infection, an abscess can cause severe throbbing pain in the affected area and sometimes fever. When left untreated, an abscess can advance towards irreversible damage towards teeth and gums. Severe neglect can leads to tooth loss and gum disease. Clinical studies have also identified links between oral health and the rest of the body.

Symptom’s of Gum Abscess

If you’re beginning to feel gum pain and tenderness in a particular area of your mouth, it is important to visit a dentist close to you as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment for any oral issues may help prevent severe tooth or gum problems in the future.

Early self signs of a gum abscess may include:

  • Pain and throbbing in and around the surrounding the area
  • Swelling may travel throughout the face, jawbone, ear and neck area. This may cause swollen lymph nodes, which could effect breathing and swallowing
  • Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks
  • Bad taste or smell in the mouth due to the discharge of fluid released from the abscess
  • Loose tooth
  • Fever

Signs of a Gum Abscess

How to treat a Gum Abscess

Unfortunately a gum abscess won’t heal without intervention from a professional dentist. Gum Abscess treatment requires draining the abscess and removing debris and bacteria out of the periodontal pocket. A dentist may recommend a procedure called ‘deep cleaning’.  Deep cleaning can be divided into two parts;

  1. Periodontal Scaling
  2. Root Planning

Periodontal Scaling is performed using a combination of electric and manual dental instrument techniques to remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline.

Root Planning, the second phase of deep cleaning involves the dentist cleaning the root of the tooth. If possible, the dentist will smooth the root of the tooth with the goal to reattach the tooth to the gum. The dentist will reduce and minimize the pocket space that may trap unwanted bacterial build up.

The purpose of Deep teeth cleaning is to treat gum disease.

Preventing a Gum Abscess

Maintaining good oral hygiene practices at home combined with regular dental check-up visits can help prevent the formation of a gum abscess. Good oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay that may lead to an abscess include:

  • Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Dental flossing
  • Rinsing mouthwash
  • Regularly replacing your toothbrush at least once every three months, or when the bristles become frayed
  • Consuming foods and drinks with lesser sugar contents and acidic contents
  • Visiting your closest dentist at least once every 6 months

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dr maggie dentist gold coast at amazing smilesIf you suspect a gum abscess and are currently experiencing pain in your tooth it’s vital to visit a professional dentist near you for proper examination and correct treatment. If you’re interested in making an appointment simply contact your nearest Amazing Smiles Dental Clinic with the details below or complete the enquiry form with your details.

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