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 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. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

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. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

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

Why is there a recurrent pus from the gums of a child even after taking antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor, My 4-year-old child has caries on teeth. Since one year we observed pus in the gums above the front tooth. This pus frequently appears with mild pain and disappears within no time. We consulted a doctor who prescribed antibiotic Mox Kid for a week. After using this, again pus was foun...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurav Pandey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can see in attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), actually, there are multiple apical infections. I suggest you please ask your dentist for dental X-ray, to find out the number of injected teeth and I think you need root canal treatment...  Read Full »

The gum surrounding one tooth is puffy and does not lay flat against tooth. Could it be a periodontal disease?

Query: Hello doctor,I have always had decent dental health, except for flare-ups with stress. Recently I noticed sensitivity along with bottom front teeth. When I pulled out my bottom lip, I noticed that the gum surrounding one tooth looked puffy. Not red, or sensitive, but it sticks out, it does not lay f...  Read Full »

Dr. Avinash Bettahalli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Puffy swollen gums are a sign of periodontal disease. The cause of the periodontal disease is microbial deposits on the teeth (dental plaque). The plaque when mineralized become tartar (calculus). The calculus, in turn, attracts more plaque, and the disease process c...  Read Full »

Can I die from a tooth infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an abscessed tooth. The tooth is almost gone. I will have to get surgically removed and do not have the money. I was wondering. Can I die from the infection? I have been on antibiotics from Penicillin to Amoxicillin to Tramadol. At about 1 AM, I felt the same pain I had before....  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We are here to help you. After going through your complaint and looking at your X-ray, it sounds like a 'chronic periapical abscess,' which is the presence of pus and infection in the affected tooth due to a cavity left untreated. You cannot die due to an acute i...  Read Full »

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