An abscess in the gum area is referred to as a gingival abscess. A gingival abscess occurs when infection develops in the gum and the body attempts to contain and control it. A collection of pus forms as the body’s way of trying to stop the infection from spreading to other parts of the body. Dental abscesses can also form inside the tooth (a periapical abscess), and in the supporting bone structures of the teeth (a periodontal abscess). It is essential that emergency dental treatment is sought if you know or suspect that you have an abscess. Without the correct treatment, many other complications can arise. It is also important to note that an abscess will not get better without professional treatment.
Different types of dental abscess will require different types of professional treatment from our highly qualified staff:
A gum abscess will most likely need the pus draining away (even if it bursts some draining may still be required). Then a course of antibiotics will be needed to eradicate the infection.
For a periapical abscess, the treatment is slightly different. Because the abscess has developed inside the tooth the pulp and tissue will need removing by way of a root canal treatment. If this does not work then the tooth may need to be extracted as a last resort.
This type of abscess can cause degradation of the bone which can then jeopardise the tooth structure. Treatment for a periodontal abscess is draining and antibiotics. However, sometimes the tooth cannot be saved and will need extracting to protect the surrounding teeth.
If you are in need of emergency dental treatment then please call us on 0203 750 5302. You can also walk into the clinic without an appointment for urgent cases. In addition to this, the clinic offers general dental treatment and a stunning array of cosmetic dentistry. We are open until 10pm seven days a week. Why not see what we can do for you today. We look forward to assisting you soon.