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A 24-year-old female asked:

i have a tooth or gum abscess. this morning it was pink. by noon it was black. now it's my gum is hanging out. what can i do?

6 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
Seek dental care: Assuming it really is an abscess, you really have but one option and you must get to a dental facility for an exam and indicated treatment. The more rapidly you see change like this , the sooner you should go. Remember community health centers and other clinic options that may be near you aside from private dentists if cost is a barrier.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Call dentist ASAP: This needs to be addressed now. Can only get worse.
Dr. Hasan Khondker
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Yes this could: be badly infected and needs to be seen by a dentist
Dr. Jerry Brown
Prosthodontics 53 years experience
A Visit to the DDS!: Good afternoon; Best place to treat an abscess is with a visit to the dentist. A determination can be made as to the origin of the infection and appropriate treatment can be given to you.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
NSAIDs-Tylenol OTC: and see a dentist ASAP. Tooth infection or gum infection can further spread to other parts of the body like jaw bones, palate and throat. It also can result in systemic infection. Therefore, dental treatment is a must.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Bite the bullet: Pick up the phone and call your Dentist immediately. You need a trained professional to help you. If you had a Gynecologic infection or a brain infection old you trust to self-treatment? I think not. Please call your Dentist.

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