A Gum Boil Is Pain And Pressure That Needs A Dentist
A gum boil, also called Parulus, is the point from which an abscessed tooth drains. When a tooth has abscess toxins from the root build up, over time the toxins kill the nerve in the tooth, and the body responds by calling on white blood cells to get rid of the infection.
As white blood cells die, their remains (pus) accumulate and have to drain somewhere. If left untreated the abscess puss comes out through the gums, first appearing as a little blister (boil). The pus remains trapped there, and causes a fair amount of discomfort.
What Are The Causes?
There are actually two different types of these boils. The first is one that occurs with an infected root canal. When the root pulp becomes infected it drains into the root tip. The only effective means of treating this type of boil is by a root canal to remove the infected pulp.
The second type begins with a gingival abscess, an area of infection between the gum and the tooth. This infection needs to be cleaned out by a dentist, in some cases surgically. Both types of gum boils cause pressure and pain until the pus is released. Other associated symptoms include facial swelling, fever, bad breath or odd taste in the mouth, and an earache.
Unlike some dental processes like whitening, a gum boil cannot be treated at home. It’s very important to get care as early as you suspect something is wrong. Your dentist will need to take X-rays to confirm the exact cause of the boil, then discuss treatment options with you.
In some cases a tooth may be extracted, but most dentists will try to save your tooth as long as there’s been no gum retraction or bone loss. The most common way to save the tooth is by root canal therapy followed by a crown.
Preventing Gum Boils
You can dramatically decrease your risk for gum disease and boils by starting a good routine of oral hygiene. Remember to brush your teeth for a full two minutes getting all sides using fluoride toothpaste. Also brush the rim of your gums gently, floss, and rinse with a fluoride mouthwash.
If you’re a smoker that increases the chances of gum boils as does poor eating habits. The tie between healthy eating and oral health is unquestionable. Last, but not least, see your dentist twice a year for a checkup and thorough cleanings. This maximizes your protection against gum and tooth problems and also insures that any problem that does arise gets fast, professional attention.
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Author: Tanna Mayer
Updated: February 15, 2015
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