If you develop a throbbing pain on one side of your mouth, and you don't have a cavity in any of your teeth, it may be a gum abscess instead. Abscesses are pus-filled cysts that typically develop near the roots of decayed teeth. Sometimes, infections develop in the area between a tooth and its surrounding gum tissue. If the abscess enlarges, it can cause swelling and pain in the affected location. Until you see an emergency dentist for care, you can find some relief from your abscessed gums with the information and tips below.

Why Do You Have an Abscess?

Abscesses that form between the gums and a tooth can indicate several things, including trapped food and bacteria. The localized area of pus may also be a sign of decay hidden deep within your tooth or an abscess can develop from a crack or chip in your tooth. In any case, the abscess in your mouth can be both painful and stressful.

Abscesses don't have to be very large to cause significant pain. Some abscesses can cause pain if they grow or develop near nerves. The pain can spread from the original location to other areas of the mouth, including your jaw. If this happens, your jaw may feel tender and look swollen. You may even have problems chewing food and speaking. 

Because abscesses can potentially burst and spread bacteria through your bloodstream, it's important that you take precautions to prevent your abscess from opening.

How Do You Find Temporary Pain Relief?

The first thing you can do to find temporary relief from your mouth pain is to avoid chewing hard foods. A sharp piece of vegetable or tough bite of meat might create too much pressure on the abscess and cause it to open up. Try to sip on warm soup or broth for nourishment.

Also, avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush. The bristles may scrape the gums and trigger additional pain. You can rinse your mouth with warm water to cleanse your teeth and gums. If you need to brush your teeth, use a soft-bristled brush instead and only apply light pressure.

Finally, schedule an appointment with a local emergency dentist or clinic. A dentist will generally take x-rays of your mouth to find the exact location and condition of the abscess. If the abscess can be treated with antibiotics, a dental provider will generally prescribe them to you. If the abscess threatens to open soon, a provider may drain it. 

To find permanent relief from your mouth pain, speak to an emergency dentist today. To learn more, speak with someone like Family 1st Dental.