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Is white spot on gum line an abscess?

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Dr. Harry Ringer
Dentistry 25 years experience
Depends: If it is swollen and especially if it drains like a pimple, it can be an abscess. There are other possibilities like blanching from a external stimulant, like bleaching, or others. See a qualified dentist to evaluate.
Dr. Brian Dyess
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: A white spot could be a gumboil, or parulis, which is the drainage area for an abscess. But there are several other reasons for white spots that are unrelated to an abscess. If you have a painful adjacent tooth, or foul tasting drainage from the area then the chance of an abscess is higher. An evaluation by your dentist is the only way to find out the etiology.

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