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It’s important to note that there is a distinct difference between a dental abscess and a dental cyst. Dental abscesses are often associated with untreated tooth decay or an infectious buildup deep in the periodontal tissues.

A dental cyst is often the result of an irritation in the gum tissues. This can be caused by a distressed or emerging tooth. Early symptoms could include a swelling at the gumline, irritation near a tooth, or a noticeable area of discoloration near the surface of your gums.

In many cases the fluid within a dental cyst is sterile and benign. The course of treatment Dr. Joshua Merrill recommends will be based on the dental cyst’s location, size, and other potential infection.

If possible, Dr. Joshua Merrill might recommend a course of treatment designed to bolsters your body’s own immune system to help clear the dental cyst without need for invasive treatment methods.

However, if the dental cyst appears to be associated with an infection or it contains infectious fluid he might recommend draining it or excising it from your gums. Afterward, Dr. Joshua Merrill might provide you with a prescription for anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medications to help your gums heal without further risk of infection.

If you live in the New London, Ohio, area and you are concerned that a dental cyst is developing in your gums, you should call 419-929-1544 to seek treatment at New London Complete Health Dentistry.