An abscess on the gum looks like a small pimple with either a white spot or a red spot, and it is often associated with swelling and infection. Identify an abscess on the gum, which can be endodontic or periodontal in nature, with help from a practicing dentist in this free video on dental health.
Hi, I'm Dr. Larry Klein. I'm a dentist here in St. Petersberg, Florida. Today we're going to be answering the question, "What does a dental abscess look like on someone's gum?" Well, a dental abscess comes from an infection. Okay, and infection is basically above the tooth and it's looking for a way out. There's two different types of abscesses. You can have an abscess coming from the nerve of the tooth or also coming from the gum, which would be a periodontal abscess. Either way, basically it's a way of expressing itself out of the body and it uses basically what's called a fistulous track or coming out of the gum. So what does it look like on the gum. Basically, to be simple, it basically looks like a little pimple. It will have a little white spot there. And it will usually get swollen before you end up having that pimple. It's usually white and that's for an endodontic abscess. It can also be red if it's a periodontal abscess. Of course it will be tender and usually you can feel it as far as with touch, and there will be some swelling. So if you have any other questions about what dental abscesses look like in the mouth feel free to give me a call. I'm Dr. Larry Klein here in St. Petersburg, Florida where a smile is contagious.