Synergy Clinic in Addlestone offers advice on this uncomfortable problem.
Other than for check up appointments or cosmetic work, patients generally come to our Addlestone dental clinic when they have a problem with a tooth. Decay and broken teeth are two of the more routine issues that we deal when when a patient is in discomfort.
Dentists also deal with other oral health issues though, the best known one probably being gum disease. This is not the only gum issue that can arise though, and in today’s blog, we take a look at another common problem – the often painful gum abscess.
What is a gum abscess?
An abscess is said to be present when a pocket of pus forms. This can be anywhere in the body, but for our dental blog purposes, we will deal with the diagnosis and treatment of an abscess of the gum. This collection of bacteria can not only be extremely uncomfortable, but can also lead to serious complications, including sepsis, if it isn’t treated.
This type of abscess usually forms in the small space between the tooth and the gum. It is often, although not always, caused by poor cleaning in this area, leading to a buildup of bacteria. Those patients who have a weaker immune system can be more likely to suffer from this problem than a healthy patient; so those in this category should be especially diligent about their oral health care.
What are the symptoms of a gum abscess?
At the Synergy Clinic, some of the more common symptoms that we see where a gum abscess is present include:
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth. This is caused as pus leaks from the pocket.
- Teeth that are very sensitive to both hot and cold. This can also be caused by enamel erosion.
- Pain and difficulty when chewing food
- Loose teeth caused by deterioration in the bone affected by the bacteria
- Fevers – Where this occurs, you should see your dentist straight away. Please ask us for an emergency appointment.