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Swollen gum with a white head around one tooth, difficulty in opening and closing mouth. Cause?

since yesterday i ve had a swollen gum around just one tooth . today it is much more swollen you can barely even see the tooth. the gum is swollen that it is separating the teeth apart from each other and has a white head now. i can touch the tooth no problem without any pain, but i can barely open my mouth without pain or even close my mouth.
Asked On : Sun, 13 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi,
Thank you for the query.
White head around the teeth indicates infection of the gingiva which had turned into a gingival abscess . This can be treated by cleaning the gum deep around the teeth with the scaler followed by a course of antibiotic and analgesic .If it has a developed an endo perio lesion then you have go for rootcanal treatment. seee your dentist for the required treatment.
take care.
Answered: Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hello there and welcome to HCM,

Gum swelling restricted to single tooth with a white head is due to infection. white head over the gums is the abscess draining point.it is either a gingival (gum) abscess or periodontal (tooth related ) abscess.X ray examination of the area will confirm whether the tooth is related or not.visit a dentist,if it is gingival abscess then simple drainage and deep ultrasonic cleaning of gums followed by medication will cure. if it is a tooth related abscess then root canal procedure is needed. i hope that helps , take care
Answered: Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Deepika Attresh's  Response
Hello & welcome
as you said that there is no pain in tooth this is your gum problem known as gingival abscess.
only cure for this that you have to visit your dentist.
the pus will be drained through curettage & along with that you have to do antibiotic course and have to maintain proper oral hygiene.
chlorhexidine mouthwash & betadine rinses will help in healing. Please be careful in future do not use safety pins or toothpicks aggressively if you used to do.
thanks & take care
Answered: Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
hello,
the swelling around one tooth is due to accumulation of plaque or food debris due to improper brushing and cleaning.
this is a localised periodontitis resulting in abscess formation.
get your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist.
root planning and drainage of abscess has to be done.
take antibiotics prescribed by your dentist.
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dr.bindiya
Answered: Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for asking the query,

According to your clinical symptoms i suppose that you have developed infection in your tooth that had spread to the periapical tisssue leading to abscess formation, it can be a gingival abscess or a periodontal abscess to rule out this an x-ray is required.
I would suggest you to visit the Dentist and get the checkup done take an x-ray of the tooth.
If it is gingival infection you have to go for complete mouth scaling, polishing and curettage.
If tooth related you have to go for root canal treatment of the tooth.

Hope this helps out.

Regards...
Answered: Wed, 8 May 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for asking the query,

According to your clinical symptoms i suppose that you have developed infection in your tooth that had spread to the periapical tisssue leading to abscess formation, it can be a gingival abscess or a periodontal abscess to rule out this an x-ray is required.
I would suggest you to visit the Dentist and get the checkup done take an x-ray of the tooth.
If it is gingival infection you have to go for complete mouth scaling, polishing and curettage.
If tooth related you have to go for root canal treatment of the tooth.

Hope this helps out.

Regards...
Answered: Wed, 8 May 2013
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