Gum Abscess

A gum abscess is also known as a periodontal abscess. It occurs when the bacteria in the mouth causes infection in the space between teeth and gums. It occurs due to poor oral hygiene, periodontal problems, and a weak immune system. The symptoms are tooth pain, sensitivity to hot foods, bad breath, and pus discharge. It is treated by draining the abscess.

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I cannot undergo root canal treatment due to the financial crisis, but I had a swelling in my gum, which subsided completely. What should I do now?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth need a root canal. But I do not have enough money to get one so I am waiting for the right time. Around two months ago, I had a visit to the dentist due to swelling, the swelling went down and now I only have small swollen gums on my tooth. Suddenly, last week, the swollen gum...  Read Full »

Dr. K.aruna Durga

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to your history, there may be an infection or secondary caries beneath the old filling. A small bubble on the gums means there is an underlying infection beneath the tooth called a periapical abscess. This can be ruled out with investigations. I suggest you...  Read Full »

I have tooth decay associated with jaw pain, gum sensitivity, swelling, and pain that worsens with time. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a decaying tooth, and there is a hole in it. I am in immense pain. However, it is not coming from the tooth. The pain arises from my gums. I feel like there is a swelling in my gums, and it hurts badly. The gums are so sensitive, and the pain is in the top and bottom parts of the g...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. According to the history of the illness provided, it seems like a deep tooth decay associated with a swelling in the surrounding gum region. The signs and symptoms you mentioned also confirm it. Because of the deep...  Read Full »

Should I visit a dentist for a gum abscess that has popped?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a toothache for which I visited a dentist. He extracted the tooth, cleaned all my teeth, and prescribed me antibiotics. However, after reaching home, I found an abscess on my gum that had popped. Is it normal, or should I visit my dentist again? Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Has the abscess been popped more than a week back? If yes, then you need not visit a dentist immediately. However, if it has started after treatment, you must consult a dentist to rule out gum or tooth infection. For the time being, I sugg...  Read Full »

Why do I get recurrent abscesses in a filled tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an infection in my tooth and it was treated with a filling after a course of antibiotics. After the filling, an abscess reoccurred twice which was treated with antibiotics. It seemed to settle for a while and then I could feel a pain and pressure inside the tooth. Now a small pimpl...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern. As per your history, it seems to me that you are having recurrent apical periodontitis. If the filling is still there, it needs to be removed. The recurrent apical abscess is because of this infectious to...  Read Full »

I noticed a painless bump on the gums behind my bottom front teeth. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I noticed a bump on the gums in the back of my bottom front teeth. It is painless and has been there for a few weeks now. What could it be? Please give your suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Bumps or swelling on the gums could be due to, 1. Common mouth ulcer or canker sore. 2. Gum abscess. 3. Tooth abscess. 4. Gingivitis. 5. Accidental toothbrush injury or food debris lodgement. So, I suggest that if it ...  Read Full »

i have swelling in the gums with pus near to the teeth which is root canal treated. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,My dentist performed a root canal treatment on one of my upper molar teeth. He assured that it was a minor infection as he checked the X-ray, but he could not handle that tooth infection later on. A point-size hard stumble appeared on the gums near the tooth where the root canal was don...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Upon review, these were the findings, Swelling in the upper right vestibule in relation to the right first molar. Restoration in relation to the right first molar. The red color swelling in the gums is probably an abscess due to caries in relation to the right ...  Read Full »

What is the cause for having a cyst on the gums of teeth?

Query: I have a hard cyst that is causing me pain. Wil this go away or should i get it checked? its on the inside of my teeth on my gums  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello Cysts or swelling on gums could be 1. Gum abscess 2. Tooth abscess 3. Gingivitis 4. Accidental toothbrush injury/food debris lodgement 5. Common mouth ulcer/canker sore If that's a common canker sore or an accidental injury, it will resolve on its own within a couple of weeks. If the s...  Read Full »

I have a small red lump on my gums which bleeds during brushing. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a small red lump on my gums. Not sure if it is an abscess or something and wants some advice. It is red and bleeds when I brush, and there is only pain when I brush.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since how long do you have this lump? It could be an abscess, but need a clear picture of it for confirmation. Is there any decayed tooth associated with it nearby? If possible, send pictures or go to a nearby dentist.   Read Full »

I have a gum abscess spreading to cheeks. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have an abscess on my top left gum that is now spreading to my cheeks. I am 19. I had an abscess in the same place at 10 or other young age. Last time I went to the dentist they did not do the cleaning in the first appointment so I did not get one, but wisdom teeth removal was sugge...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Immediately start with these medicines. Tablet Augmentin 625 mg twice a day for five days, tablet Gramex 400 mg twice a day for five days, tablet Brufen 400 mg twice a day or thrice a day if the pain is severe for five days. Moreover, take some mustard oil or olive oil, p...  Read Full »

Is this a tooth abscess or root canal?

Query: Hello doctor,Is this a tooth abscess or root canal may be?  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to How are you doing? I have seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and based on that, I would say that your wisdom tooth has caries (cavity) that seems to be deep. Secondly, it has not erupted (come out) completely into the oral cavity and the gu...  Read Full »

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