Gum Abscesses in Children | A Guide for Parents
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Gum Abscesses in Children and Their Warning Signs
Fortunately, this does not happen without the appearance of warning signs. Oral pain and facial swelling act as clear-cut indicators. While dental abscesses in children are rare, the potential consequences need vigilance.
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Is a Tooth Abscess a Dental Emergency?
Yes. If you suspect your child has developed a tooth abscess, immediate action is necessary. Contact your pediatric dentist, providing details of the symptoms. If left untreated, a tooth abscess can spread, posing serious health risks.
In certain extreme cases, it might even lead to life-threatening conditions such as brain abscesses or Ludwig’s angina. Some of the signs of urgency include:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Swallowing issues
- Neck swelling
- Severe facial swelling
Identifying an Abscessed Tooth - Signs To Look Out For
Recognizing an abscess growth in your child involves observing symptoms like:
- Excruciating pain in the affected tooth, extending to other areas like surrounding teeth, the ear, neck, temple, or eyes.
- Temperature sensitivity
- Sensitivity to pressure on the affected tooth
- Wiggly Tooth
- Color change in the affected tooth (e.g., turning black)
- Swelling and redness in the gums
- Facial swelling
- Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw or in the neck
Treatment Options Available
To address an abscess in your child’s gum and prevent its further spread, their dentist must remove the infected tissue. The severity of the case determines whether or not a root canal or tooth extraction is necessary. In cases of severe swelling where these procedures can’t be safely performed, antibiotics may be prescribed first. These control the infection and reduce swelling, enabling a later root canal or tooth extraction.
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Being alert to the changes happening in your children is crucial for their well-being. Timely action can prevent minor irritations from escalating into serious health issues. If you have more questions or comments regarding this issue, do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Aditi Gupta, board-certified by the American Board of General Dentistry at ACE Dental of Killeen. You can reach us at (254) 978-5926 to learn more about it.