Gum Infections and Gums Abscess
Wake up swollen or with pus oozing from your gums?
Sometimes an infection in the gums will suddenly get worse, leaving us with a swollen face, a hard swollen bubble in the gums, or oozing white or yellow pus. Understandably, these tooth abscesses are the types of dental emergencies that most patients dread because of the pain and inconvenience. What many people don?t realize is that any infection under the gums is not just a pain. Any infection under the gums is also actively destroying tooth-supporting bone. And loss of bone is a problem because it is the main cause of tooth loss in adults.
Make it Infection Abscess STOP!
If you have a tooth abscess, the first thing to do is see a dentist to treat the infection. Treating the infection also typically relieves the pain. Depending on the size and type of infection, you may need antibiotics and/or a specialized cleaning around the tooth or root canal therapy inside the tooth to properly remove the source of the infection. If the infection has damaged too much bone, it may also be necessary to perform additional services: graft new bone, remove more bone to make the area cleansable, or even remove the tooth in the area of the infection in order for the bone to heal properly.
Where did the gum abscess come from?
Once the abscess infection is being treated and you are out of pain, it is important to try to figure out what caused the infection. In most if not all cases, your tooth abscess was caused by the bad bacteria in your mouth. If you have moderate infection throughout your gums, then only treating the one gums abscess infection is not going to solve the problem. You will need to remove the bacteria from around other teeth to prevent future abscesses around other teeth. If the abscess was caused by bacteria which got inside a tooth (a endodontic tooth abscess), then a careful evaluation of other teeth for cavities is also in order to prevent other teeth from getting bacteria inside them. Additional teeth and gums abscesses will continue to occur until the bacteria are not allowed to find residence on and inside your teeth! (Read more on tooth and gums abscess.)
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