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A 35-year-old member asked:

Do i have an abscess or is it just a gum infection? how to tell the difference between the two?

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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
Similar entities: A typical oral abscess is usually related to a non-vital tooth (the nerve has died). A gum infection is related to the accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar). Abscesses usually cause more pain and swelling and may result in a 'bump' on the gum where the abscess is draining. Gum infections usually are less painful, less swollen and there is rarely a 'bump' on the gum.
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