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Child has small fleshy bump with white bubbles on upper gum above tooth causing intermittent pain. Should I take her to dentist?

My 7 year old daughter has a small fleshy bump on her upper left gum above a tooth for over a week now. it looks like there are a number of white little bubbles contained within it also. It is about 5mm in diameter but it hasn t popped. It is soft to feel and is sore every now and again for her. Should I take her to dentist?
Asked On : Sat, 12 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello,The bump in the gums is because of the infected tooth or the infection in the gum.Some times as it is difficult to clean the tooth the gum around the tooth becomes infected with pain and swelling.For this you have to visit the dentist and get the diagnosis made.The dentist will do the clinical eaminaton and take the radiograph to see whether the tooth is infected or it is the gum. Till then you can do the warm saline rinses 2 to 3 times a day.
Answered: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hello there, It looks to be gingival (gum) abscess. It is a pus containing sac like structure caused due to trauma to the tissue or bacterial infection of gums. If not treated in time it may advance and progress to the underlying bone. Treatment for this is very simple, pus sac is probed and drainage is done or a simple incision can remove the bump followed by a course of antibiotic will give relief.consult your dentist soon.i hope this information helps you,take care.
Answered: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Deepika Attresh's  Response
Hello & welcome
as you said that fleshy bump is above tooth, so tooth associated with this may be decayed.
you should visit to your dentist for further assistance.
if tooth will be in preservable condition than tooth will be planned for RCT.
Along with that an antibiotic course is also required to treat completely.
thanks & take care
Answered: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Deepthi Reddy's  Response
Thank you for the query.
Yes. definitly you have see your dentist.White bubbles on the gum indicates of an gingival abcess which may be either because of the infection in the gums or teeth . If there is caries in the tooth then the abcess is draining on the overlying gingiva .. this has to be treated as early as possible because the teeth has to be retained till the permanent teeth erupts .. drainage of the abcess can be done by pricking with a sterile needle and followed by the pulpectemy and a course of antibiotic .
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Answered: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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