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Doctor insights on: Draining A Gum Abscess

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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What is involved in draining a gum (periodontal) abscess to rid infection. Is it highly successful without the need for tooth extraction?

What is involved in draining a gum (periodontal) abscess to rid infection. Is it highly successful without the need for tooth extraction?

Maybe: The abscess formed because an infection inside the tooth drained out into the jaw and then through the gum. You must get rid of the original infection before you can get rid of the abscess. A properly done root canal or a tooth extraction are the only two ways to accomplish this. If advanced gum disease is also present then the tooth usually must be removed. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! what do I do if a gum abscess drains on its own?

Need doctor's help! what do I do if a gum abscess drains on its own?

Call dentist: Just because the abscess is draining does not mean the tooth is fine. The bacteria are festering in the bone or gum tissue, and the cause of the abscess needs to be determined and treated. Failure to treat can cause further breakdown of the tooth and bone, and result in the loss of that tooth. ...Read more

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Tooth/gum abscess my boyfriend had a tooth filled before i met him. I tooth was abscessed and recently he lost the tooth. He tells me that the gum itself abscesses near where the tooth was. He has to drain it a couple times a month. This worries me an

Tooth/gum abscess my boyfriend had a tooth filled before i met him.  I tooth was abscessed and recently he lost the tooth.  He tells me that the gum itself abscesses near where the tooth was.  He has to drain it a couple times a month.  This worries me an

See your dentist: Tooth/gum abscess should be treated as early as you can since most of the destruction can be reverse in the case of early treatment. The cost of treatment is also less expensive. Moreover, the tooth can be saved most of the time and thus eliminating the cost of tooth replacement. Abscess may come and go but the tooth will go after a while. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a gum cyst and gum abscess?

What's the difference between a gum cyst  and gum abscess?

Structure: A cyst can have numerous causes (infection being just one) and is like a balloon--it has a fibrous tissue capsule that surrounds its contents, which can be fluid or other substances. An abcess is the result of an infection, and is a collection of pus (typically) that fills normal tissue spaces but has no lining of its own. ...Read more

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Why does this gum abscess keep coming back? Explanations please?

Why does this gum abscess keep coming back? Explanations please?

Recurrent abscess: If you are experiencing recurring swellings on your gums, then you have the signs of a chronic periodontal (gum) infections. If you think you may have a recurrent gum abscess, schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a severe gum abscess. Should i be putting heat or cold on it?

Cold will help pain: Cold will help temporarily, but you need to see a dentist for definitive help. ...Read more

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I have a gum abscess can I pop it myself?

You can: You can pop it, but that is hardly thorough treatment. It is not like popping a zit. You still have a serious underlying infection that needs to be treated. Please see your dentist. ...Read more

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I think i might have gum abscess, how to know?

See a dentist: A local dentist can examine the problem and provide the necessary treatment. Since you cannot treat this personally, you need to make the call... The sooner the better. ...Read more

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Can I have a gum abscess without any symptoms?

Absolutely: Gum disease in it's earliest stages is "silent." if you think you have a problem, seek consultation with a pro. See your general dentist or the prosthodontist (gum specialist) that he recommends. For peace of mind call now. ...Read more

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What happens it i don't treat a gum abscess right away?

It'll get worse: It'll get worse and you may end up losing the tooth or even worse, end up in th er with a medical emergency. ...Read more

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How long can you leave a gum abscess before it gets serious?

No timetable: If your gums are abscessed, it already means its serious. ...Read more

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Is this enough to remove gum abscess? Http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=jswe8y2x0ag

Yes: Incision and drainage of an abscess can alleviate the acute problem with pain and swelling, however the actual cause of the abscess also has to be identified and treated to resolve the problem. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to remove a gum abscess? What would i need if i wanted to do it myself?

Resolve by itself: Gum abscess resolves automatically as the underlying cause is eliminates, i.e. Root canal treatment for the tooth abscess and intrabony pocket debridement (deep clean or scaling and root planing). The temporary resolution of the abscess can be achieved with antimicrobial therapy; however, the underlying causes must be treated otherwise the abscess will recur. ...Read more

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How can I take care of tooth/gum abscess?

How can I take care of tooth/gum abscess?

Visit the dentist: Tooth/gum infection can further spread to other parts of the body like jaw bones and heart. It also can result in systemic infection. Therefore, dental treatment is a must. Keep a good oral hygiene and call for appointment. ...Read more

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Gum abscess from forcing out 1st molar, what to do?

Call your dentist: The only way to cure a periodontal (gum) abscess is with dental treatment. The first step of treatment is to drain all pus that has accumulated in the abscess. The deep cleaning will be required for the gum pocket and cause of the infection should be removed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could see my gp for a possible gum abscess?

Call a dentist: The only way to cure a periodontal (gum) abscess is with dental treatment. The first step of treatment is to drain all pus that has accumulated in the abscess. The deep cleaning will be required for the gum pocket and cause of the infection should be removed. ...Read more

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Don't know if i can go to the dentist or not, if it is a gum abscess. How long can I leave it?

As soon as you can: Many times gum abscess does not hurt. However, it causes continuous progression of bone loss and thus should be treated as soon as you can. Most often it is simple to diagnose as to identify the cause of abscess. ...Read more

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