Gum Boil Treatments
Depending on what type of infection is causing your gum boil there are a variety of home remedies and professional treatments available.
Improved Oral Hygiene
Thorough removal of plaque through using electric toothbrushes, oral irrigation devices or flossing aids can reduce the levels of plaque biofilm in the mouth, decrease the rates of tooth decay, and reverse overgrowth of gum tissue. Using a pure botanical toothpaste and mouth rinsewill kill the bad bacteria that lead to common gum problems. This will also create a clean and healthy environment in the mouth.
Essential Oil Application
In addition to improved oral hygiene, the use of essential oils for topical application as part of a mouth rinse can improve bacteria levels in the mouth and improve tissue health. Be sure to use pure botanical oils while brushing and rinsing in order to kill the bad bacteria that cause gum problems.
If active gum disease or periodontal disease is causing the gum boil, a deep cleaning can remove the active bacteria from your mouth. Full mouth deep cleanings typically cost several hundred dollars and require frequent maintenance visits to keep oral health in check.
Root Canal Therapy
Gum boils caused from dental abscesses require root canal therapy and complete removal of the bacteria and decayed enamel from the tooth. A root canal and crown seal the tooth off from further infection. Complete treatment costs are generally over one thousand dollars.
Surgical Removal Or Drainage
Chronic gum boils, which are uncomfortable or cosmetically displeasing, may require surgical intervention. Draining the boil or surgically removing it can sometimes correct the problem. There is a chance of the boil returning in some cases. Surgically draining the boil is relatively affordable, but invasive surgical needs may cost a few hundred dollars.
If the overgrowth of tissue is due to ill-fitting dentures, your denture may need to be realigned professionally to prevent friction or abnormal rubbing of the gums.
More Gum Boil Facts
Gum boils are typically not contagious. However, if the boil is present due to the presence of severe gum disease, it is possible to spread the disease bacteria through kissing or salivary transmission such as when sharing food.
Treating the gum boil through optimal oral hygiene practices should show some improvement or reversal in the area within two weeks. If the area does not improve or worsens after dedicated home hygiene you may need to see a professional for treatment.
Most gum boils usually do not hurt. If the boil is due to infection and is a dental abscess there may be pain present until root canal therapy can be performed. Depending on what type of infection is causing the gum boil, you may be able to heal it on your own at home. Dedicated oral hygiene that removes all plaque from the area on a routine basis may be all you need. If the boil persists you may need professional treatment.
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