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Doctor insights on: Draining A Gum Abscess

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...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?

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

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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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?

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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