I'm Dr. Joe Neely. I practice with the Barton Oaks Dental Group. We're going to talk about what an abscess on the gum looks like. An abscess is simply an infection, that is trapped somewhere. So an abscess in your gum tissue, would be an abscess that's trapped under an intact area of the gum, that still has some attachment to the bone. So an abscessed gum, would be swollen, because the tissue is swollen, it's usually engorged with bone, I mean with blood, and so it's usually redder. It's also glossier, because the tissue is stretched tighter. As the infection begins to weep through the tissue, it's not uncommon for there to be a white, kind of secondary layer of pus, that can be seen, and then eventually when it ruptures, it will be red.