An abscess is a tender mass wherein the middle is filled with pus and debris. Abscesses are often painful to touch and can form in any place on your body, making it easy to feel for. They are usually caused by bacterial infection and cannot be cured by taking antibiotics alone. Abscess needs to be drained and dried to kill the bacteria. Drainage is usually done by a doctor.
Gum abscess versus Tooth abscess: Signs and Diagnosis
The inside of the mouth is one of the most common areas where abscess can be formed. The infection usually starts due to food getting stuck between the gums and the tooth, caused by aggressive brushing or poor dental hygiene. Abscess in this area tends to form quickly– around one to two days. There are two types of abscess in the mouth: Gum Abscess or Tooth Abscess
Gum abscesses usually occur when the space between the gums and the tooth is affected by a bacterial infection. A gum abscess is also called periodontal abscess. Usually, abrasions caused by food and aggressive brushing can open the gums allowing the bacteria to enter. These bacteria can reach places that can no longer be solved by brushing and gargling, and this could start the formation of an abscess. When left untreated, the bacteria can build up under the gum and infiltrate the bone.
While gum abscess forms outside the tooth, the tooth-related abscess occurs within the infected tooth. This usually occurs when a tooth with dead or dying nerves is left to decay. The dead or dying nerve can cause infection within the tooth that may result to abscess. It is also called a periapical abscess; this type of abscess forms at the tip of the root and spreads to the surrounding bone.
All abscess incidents require the draining and drying of the abscess to heal completely. However, for a tooth that has been damaged by an abscess, it may be necessary to put a filling or to remove the tooth completely.