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What Causes Recurring Gum Abscesses?

An abscess is a pocket of infection. It develops when pus and other infected debris accumulate within an area that is walled off from surrounding tissues. It’s essential to get to a dentist as soon as possible if you think you might have a gum abscess. Left untreated, the infection can spread and get worse. Only a dentist can give you an accurate diagnosis. However, if you continue to get gum abscesses, it may be due to untreated periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection characterized by inflamed, tender gums.

A related cause of recurring gum abscesses is the existence of deep periodontal pockets. A periodontal pocket refers to the space between the gum and the tooth. If periodontal disease is left untreated, it will get worse, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth and form a pocket. The pocket becomes a trap that holds bacteria in place, potentially leading to an abscess.

Glenwood Premier Dental offers preventive and emergency dentistry services in Hazlet. To request our next available appointment, call our friendly office staff at (732) 497-3265.