A periodontal abscess, or gum abscess, is definitely no walk in the park. So what is it? Well, an abscess is a pus-filled area that can develop on many places in the body. They are typically painful, quite sensitive to the touch, and thus one on your gums can feel like the worst pain ever. Typically this is something that you are going to want your dentist to deal with but in a case where you find that this is simply not an option, we’re going to advise you how to drain a gum abscess at home.
Just so that we are clear
This is not typically something that you should do yourself. It is a set of serviceable instructions that will get the job done but we assure you that visiting the dentist will be much more pleasant than searching out and following the steps for how to lance an abscess at home. That said, let’s give you the information that you need and you can decide for yourself.
Natural numbing agents for gums
First you are going to want some ways to numb up the area. There are a few that you might employ a day or so beforehand to test out so that you may better decide which you might like to use. Here are a few examples:
- Peppermint oil – Place two or three drops of peppermint oil on a bal of cotton ball and apply it firmly between cheek and gum over the affected area. Give it a few minutes, it may burn a little at first but should become soothing very quickly.
- Clove oil – place one or two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and do the same as you would with the peppermint oil, placing the cotton ball between cheek and gum. Clove oil is very strong but the flavour can be a bit excessive. That said, it is also very strong.
- Turmeric paste –Take a little powdered turmeric and mix it with a few drops of water, stirring it with a cotton swab until it forms the consistency of a paste. Rub this paste on the affected area and after a few minutes you should notice a difference.
- Warm chamomile teabag –Boil a chamomile teabag and then take it out and let it cool until it is warm, not hot. Place it over the affected area, between cheek and gum, and leave in place for 10 to 15 minutes. The tannins from the tea are a natural antibacterial and they should help to numb the area up a bit as well.
Preparation for dealing with a gum abscess
Now that you have decided which numbing agent you would like to use(and we heartily recommend the clove oil as the strongest of the selections offered), there are a few things that you will need to get together. They are as follows:
- A pair of latex gloves – We want to keep this as clean and clinical as possible.
- A new or sterilized needle – A new needle is best, but if you have a sewing needle handy and getting a new one is a pain, you can sterilize the needle by boiling it. You should do this with the new needle as well, just to be on the clean side.
- Your numbing agent of choice – Again, we’d go with the clove oil, this is strong and effective.
- Two glasses of water – You are going to need these for a rinse.
- Sea salt – This is going to empower that rinse for our process.
How to drain a gum abscess
- Mix a teaspoon of table salt into each of your glasses of water and bring them into the bathroom with the rest of your materials.
- Prepare your clove-oil cotton ball and place it firmly between cheek and gum. Give it 2 or 3 minutes to kick in and once you are feeling the effects then we are ready for the next step.
“Take your needle and probe for a soft area on the abscess”
- Put on your latex gloves and take out your cotton ball.
- Looking in the mirror, expose the affected area so that you have a good view of the abscess.
- Take your needle and probe for a soft area on the abscess. This is where you will want to strike. At this point, you can either push it in slightly but firm and quickly, or you can slowly press it until it pops. Most prefer the quick method as it is only painful for a moment, whereas the slow method can be a bit agonizing. It’s not pleasant, but this is how to pop an abscess with a needle.
- Once you have done this you will need to drain out all of the pus. This is best accomplished by pressing gently on the sides with your gloved finger or by pressing your cheek over the affected area.
- Once you have removed all of the pus, you will want to gargle with the salt water. You have officially implemented your own gum abcess home cure!
Now that you have popped the abscess, you will want to make sure to keep the area clean. We recommend the chamomile teabag method described before. It can help to bring down the pain a little and to clean-up the area Also, over the next couple of days, gargle some sea-salt water 2-3 time a day just to be on the safe side.
While consulting your dentist is still going to be the best bet, now you have the information that you need to deal with a gum abscess on your own. File it away in your list of home medical tips and while we hope that you never need the steps, at least if you do then you will have them!