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I've had a gum boil/abscess for almost six weeks but I'm too afraid of dentists to get it looked at. What should I do?

I've had a gum boil/abscess for almost six weeks but I'm too afraid of dentists to get it looked at. What should I do?

Professional care: Time to grow up and take responsibility for yourself. You have a serious localized infection that requires immediate care before it becomes an acute generalized infection. Your Dentist will be able to treat your infection carefully and painlessly. No pill, salve, snake oil, fix this. The longer you wait, the more severe the problem, the more extensive and costly the repairs. Call Dentist NOW! ...Read more

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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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Should i lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home and just start taking amoxicillin?

Should i lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home and just start taking amoxicillin?

No: This is way to difficult to do looking in a mirror, i would be concerned that you could do quite a bit of damage in your attempt. This is a dental problem, you need to see your dentist asap to determine the exact cause of your abscess and perform the correct treatment and only prescribe the correct dose of the right medication. See photo, this is a problem. ...Read more

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Should i lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home? I just began amoxicillin yesterday?

Should i lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home? I just began amoxicillin yesterday?

No: The "gum boil" is the result of infection trying to move to the area of least resistance. If you pop it at home without supervision then you risk spreading the infection. Amoxicillin typically takes 2 - 3 days to work. If it is not painful then be patient for a couple of days, it may go away. If not call your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I have a boil on my tooth, gum, and lips; it comes and goesfor a while. I feel pain while drinking water. I need a prescription.

I have a boil on my tooth, gum, and lips; it comes and goesfor a while. I feel pain while drinking water. I need a prescription.

Need dentist, not: Prescription. Antibiotics can temporally shrink an infection. Pain medication can temporarily make you more comfortable. But you must address the actual problem and for this you need to see a dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How do you get gum abscesses?

How do you get gum abscesses?

Poor dental hygeine: By not keeping your teeth and gums clean. Make sure you brush at least twice daily and floss your teeth! flossing is one of the best things you can do to prevent dental carries (chronic infection of the gums). It's a hard habit to start, but once you start... It's well worth the effort and your teeth will thank you! ...Read more

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Abscess inside my gum burst, what to do?

Abscess inside my gum burst, what to do?

See a dentist: You need to see a dentist to determine the cause of the abscess and have the appropriate treatment provided. Without identifying the cause and having the correct treatment, the abscess will likely recur and could result in a more serious problem. ...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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How do you treat an abscess on your gums ?

How do you treat an abscess on your gums ?

Abcessed gums: You need to be seen by a dentist to have your abcess treated. A diabetic is more sensitive to infections and the ones in your mouth are no different. Routine dental care is essential to managing diabetes. Brushing, flossing and listerine will help until you can get to the dentist. Call today and schedule an appointment. ...Read more

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Are abscess and a boil treated the same way?

Are abscess and a boil treated the same way?

Yes...: ...For all practical purposes. Both are localized infections, both need to be drained and, if necessary, treated with an antibiotic - although draining is often all that is needed. ...Read more

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How much time will an abscess in my gum last?

Hard to say..: Is this abscess being treated by a dentist? If not, then it can last a very, very long time (until the pain becomes unbearable and you have the tooth extracted). Seek the care of a local dentist to resolve your problem. ...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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Abscess gum, should I wait till swelling goes down?

No: Vitis your dentist to eval what is the cause of the swelling before it goes down (if it goes down, sometimes it does not go down without treatment). ...Read more

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How do I know when an abscess on my gum needs care?

How do I know when an abscess on my gum needs care?

Dental abscess: Abscess is usually caused by an infection and usually needs dental evaluation for the correct treatment. Ignoring it might cause damage to the healthy tooth and might also cause the infection to spread to the jaw or the whole body (blood poisoning). ...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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A 7 year old child with abscess on his gum; what to do?

A 7 year old child with abscess on his gum; what to do?

Discuss with dentist: Often your dentist will rx the process with an antibiotic. An evaluation of where this originated & how it effects the existing teeth is important. ...Read more

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Had abscess now gums have sack where abscess used to be?

Had abscess now gums have sack where abscess used to be?

Abscess = infection: Source of infection must be resolved to affect a cure. Infection has probably damaged bone & gum. Antibiotics will control spread of infection only as long as you are taking the Med. Must see Dentist to determine cause of infection, cure, and follow-up reconstruction. Specialist referral may be prudent. ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more