Abscess is a bacterial infection which causes inflammation and sacs filled with pus. This infection can also occur in the mouth, vagina, armpits, or anus as well as the base of the spine. Gingival abscess is one of the five types of dental abscesses.
This is caused by bacterial infection due to tooth decay, rough brushing, broken teeth, food stuck in the gum line, or when bleeding occurs in the gum line. Traumatic injury or any excessive orthodontic force on the teeth can also cause Gingival Abscess.
The infected area grows sensitive and causes throbbing pain. You may also notice swelling around the infected tooth, gums, or cheeks. If left untreated, the infection can cause perforation of bones and swelling in the surrounding tissues, which may lead to a swollen face or swollen neck glands. It can also spread to the surrounding tissues and cause permanent damage to the structure of the teeth.
Initial stages of Gingival Abscess can be easily treated by applying ice packs in the swollen area, taking pain killers or rinsing with warm salt water. In most cases, the abscess ruptures by itself, causing no little or no pain. Signs of severe Gingival Abscess also include nausea, vomiting, fever, and difficulty when swallowing. If the condition worsens, tooth extraction is necessary, which prevents further infection from spreading so that the abscess drains away.
Additionally, the pus can be extracted from the infected area by applying a local anesthetic. Although this is not a very complicated task, it must still be taken to a good dentist and not be dealt with at home because when draining the pus, some people tend to damage the area even further, thus making the situation even worse. So choose to go to a professional for help who will know how to treat such situations with great care and expertise.
Our dentists at WillowPark Dental are a prime example of dentists who take their time to really understand the problem before starting treatment, so you can contact us and set an appointment at your convenience in order to get in touch with our trained dentists who will fix your problem and tell you how to look after your teeth so that this doesn’t happen again.