Gum Boils

Gum Boil Symptoms:

The symptoms of a gum boil are similar to those of other skin infections such as acne or herpes. However, it is not always easy to distinguish between them due to their similarities. Here is what you need to know about the signs and symptoms of a gum boil.

Tenderness around the mouth area (gums)

Redness on your lips and gums (papules and pustules)

A burning sensation when biting or chewing food

Swelling of the affected areas (mucous membranes) – may cause bleeding from these areas. You may experience pain while eating. If left untreated, this condition will lead to swelling and ulceration of surrounding tissues which can result in death.


The exact causes of a gum boil are unknown. There have been no studies conducted to determine if there is any link between the two conditions. Some experts believe that certain foods like raw garlic, onions, and hot peppers may trigger a flare up of a gum boil.

Other possible causes include exposure to sunlight, alcohol consumption, stress and even physical activity. However, it is recommended that you avoid all these things before experiencing symptoms of a gum boil.


The treatment for a gum boil includes antibacterial ointments and mouth rinses which can be found over the counter. It is important that you use these topical medications to handle the pain and reduce swelling. Your physician may also prescribe an antibiotic if there are signs of infection present.

If you have been suffering from this condition for an extended period of time, your physician may refer you to a dermatologist who can prescribe stronger medication to treat the condition. Your physician may also perform a minor surgery to drain pus from the boils.


The average recovery time for a gum boil is around three weeks. However, the healing time may extend if you do not follow the instructions of your physician. If you do not follow the instructions of your physician, you may experience a relapse of this condition.

In addition, you will experience pain while eating and swallowing solid foods.

Can You Get a Gum Boil from an Ingrown Tooth?

A gum boil and an ingrown tooth have many similarities. Both are painful conditions which can be very uncomfortable. While there is no direct link between the two, there are some who believe that they are connected. The pain of an ingrown tooth can actually be the cause of a gum boil. If you think you have experienced an ingrown tooth, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately.

How are an Ingrown Tooth and a Gum Boil Similar?

Both conditions are painful and cause swelling of the gums. An ingrown tooth and a gum boil can cause damage to the soft tissue in your mouth. While some people experience one of these conditions, others experience both at the same time.

How are an Ingrown Tooth and a Gum Boil Different?

An ingrown tooth occurs when the edge of a tooth “grows” into the soft tissue of your gums, causing a sharp edge. In some cases, a small portion of the tooth can actually pierce your gums and expose the root, causing pain and bleeding. A gum boil is a painful infection in your gum tissue. It is similar to an abscess except that it is filled with pus rather than infected material.

Are There Other Ways to Distinguish Between an Ingrown Tooth and a Gum Boil?

Your dentist will have to perform a thorough examination of your tooth to determine if the problem is an ingrown tooth or a gum boil. A visual inspection of your gums may not be sufficient in making this determination. He or she may take impressions of your teeth and refer you to a dental lab so that custom X-rays or scans can be taken.

How are an Ingrown Tooth and a Gum Boil Treated?

Both of these conditions require medical attention. Your physician will have to drain your gum boil or remove the infected tissue in your mouth caused by an ingrown tooth. He or she may prescribe pain medication, antibiotics, or both. In some cases, it is necessary to place a medical drainage system in your jaw to prevent the infection from reoccurring.

How Soon Will I Recover?

Recovery can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It is important that you follow your physician’s instructions to ensure a complete recovery. You may have to adhere to a soft food diet or take antibiotics for several weeks. If the infection in your gums spreads to other parts of your body, you could suffer serious complications which may require surgery.

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