Gum Infection

Gum infection occurs when bacteria enter the place between two teeth and the gums. An infected gum looks red and swollen and bleeds on gentle touch. If left treated, it can result in a collection of pus (gum abscess), or infect the periodontal ligaments (periodontitis).

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I have been taking medicines for an acute persistent gum infection and swelling. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,I recently got an infection in the gum near my lower wisdom tooth and went to see a dentist who prescribed me a course of antibiotics to clear up the bacterial infection. I have now finished the course. While most of the pain and swelling has gone around my face there is still some minimal...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your question I can understand your concern. Yes, the condition will remain for a week or around. You need to take medication at least for five days, if you have done so and there is swelling you may continue for two more days. In case the swelling s...  Read Full »

I am having severe pain after the placement of a dental implant in my upper jaw. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, Three years ago, I did a tooth implant on tooth number 22. After the implant, immediately started paining on the same area of the face. Later, I have found out that I have a necrosis on tooth number 21. I was tried endodontic treatment but it did not succeed and the doctor recommended for...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query, I totally understand the reason for you being disappointed in the dental treatment you received. As an implantologist, I need to tell you that not everyone can make good cases for implants. Dental implants can be successful only when you have ...  Read Full »

Can measles cause pericoronitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am really suffering from pericoronitis and I cannot eat properly. Does measles cause pericoronitis?   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi,Welcome to does not have any connection with pericoronitis. Pericoronitis occurs when the gums over the wisdom tooth get swelled and there is an accumulation of food particles and bacteria leading to a painful condition. There is a restricted mouth opening in some cases. Measl...  Read Full »

I have pain and swelling in my gums after the extraction. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Four days ago, I had surgery to remove four impacted wisdom teeth and one molar extraction. Yesterday, I began to develop swelling of the gums near the bottom right incision. Today it has grown up into a bubble covering the top of my back molar. One quarter of the molar is covered by ...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I checked your attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity), clinically it is a sign of mild gum infection. Now you can do the following steps to overcome this problem: 1. Take Metronidazole 400 mg twice a day for three days, Augmentin 625 mg twice a day...  Read Full »

I am a 27-year-old female with a severe gum infection. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old female with a severe gum infection. I have an appointment scheduled for tomorrow morning, but I am just looking for more clarification due to the rapid onset. I have shared the pictures with you. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I reviewed your pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Well, this can be fixed. Consult the dentist. They will perform some cleaning, and some medicines will work simultaneously. So do not worry, as this infection will not last long. Try to...  Read Full »

I brushed my teeth, and a round white piece fell off my gums. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I was just brushing my teeth, and a piece of gum fell off along my bottom front teeth. Not from the edge of the gum, though. It was further down and a small round piece. It looked white before it fell away. Now I have this random little hole in my gum. Why did this happen, and what do...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the gum looked white first and then a portion fell off then it is most probably a boil over the gum, and the membrane over it has fallen off. Do not worry, as there is nothing to worry. You can apply Chlorohexidine gel over it, and the gum will heal gradually. If it d...  Read Full »

I have swollen gums and have pain while eating. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have swollen gums and have pain while eating. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the photo that you have shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is a gingival swelling or abscess, more like an inflammatory lesion of the gum. It happens due to tooth decay if it is indicated for root canal treatment and the infe...  Read Full »

Can tooth cavities lead to infection of the bone?

Query: Hello doctor, I have cavities in the front two teeth. I have kept putting off seeing the dentist because of a high profile busy job. I have an upcoming appointment but I am worried about a possible infection to the bone? If this is the case would I have severe pain and swelling?  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, not every cavity reaches the bone. For infection, either pain or sensitivity is there. Just consult your dentist and do as he says. I wish you good health and happiness. Keep me updated with the improvements.   Read Full »

I have a painless pulp exposed tooth. Will it get infected in future?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a tooth that is gone all the way down. So I think the pulp is exposed but I have no pain whatsoever. Is it only a matter of time before it gets infected or not? If I have no pain, it is dead right?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your history, the pulp is exposed and decayed by now. It means sensations are lost and that is why you are not feeling pain in it. But it does not mean your tooth cannot get an infection now. It can get infected because of the food stuck in it can cause infec...  Read Full »

What causes pain and pressure in the jaw and gums, respectively?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experience pain on the left side of my jaw and pressure in my gums for the past three weeks. I wanted an opinion about what is visible on the left side. I am attaching an X-ray taken two months ago. Is this type of scan sufficient to determine cavities?  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and will be answering it shortly.  Read Full »

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