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There are many different ways that your mouth when not properly taken care of - can potentially suffer. One of them is through gum disease. While gum disease generally happens in specific stages, there are sometimes hints, signs and precursors that often point to a serious problem. One of these signs is gum boils. Gum boils are just as unpleasant as they sound. They are generally filled with liquid and occur underneath an infected and sometimes imbedded tooth. The pain that they cause can sometimes be aggravated by eating.
Gum boils are also known as dental abscesses. Generally, there are three different types of dental abscesses.
A gingival abscess is oftentimes precipitated by gingivitis. This type of dental infection consists of a pus-contained sac that is formed on the gum line. It can sometimes be the result of trauma or mouth injury. Ordinarily though, it is caused by food particles that can get lodged in the gum line. These gum boils must be treated right away or they can potentially spread to different parts of the gums and damage how your teeth are fundamentally supported.
This is something that results from a confined and chronic infection that takes place at the base of the tooth. When the soft tissue part of the tooth develops pus and becomes swollen, the result is a periapical abscess. If this abscess is not attended to, the swelling and pain can potentially spread to other parts of the mouth, including the jawbone. If not properly addressed, this type of bois may result in tooth loss. Fluids are known to build up in various parts of the mouth with this type of boil.
This is the excessive and fast growth of bacteria within a pocket called the periodontal pocket. Periodontal pockets tend to be a side effect of gingivitis that isn't properly treated. Little pockets begin to form around where the gums start to recede. This is where the bacteria has extra space to grow and potentially turn into this type of abscess.
You'll know you have a gum boil when you feel swelling, soreness, pain and redness around a specific tooth that causes you trouble. The skin of your gums will potentially rise as pus fills the risen tissue. If you have any type of precursors for gum boils, it's important to get a clear diagnosis before the problem spreads. Things like bad breath and a yucky taste in your mouth can also result from gum boils.
Many past sufferers of gum boils have stated that they found it uncomfortable to chew, bite, drink, swallow and even speak. There is usually a pressure or discomfort that is constant that has been described as prickly, severe, excruciating or gnawing. Untreated gum boils are not something you want to deal with; in elevated cases face swelling can occur. Take care of your mouth to prevent these types of dental conditions from taking place. Always brush, floss and rinse on a daily basis.
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