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Any dentist's online or someone who has dealt with teeth? Belle De Jour Due October 8 (boy); 2 kids; Kentucky 18910 posts
11th May '13

What is the difference in a cavity and a tooth abscess? Looking at the signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess I'm starting to wonder if that's what I have :(
My teeth look fine (at least to me) but my gums are swollen and tender. And now there is a little black spot on my gums.
I wish I had the money to go to the dentist right now :( This is killing me.
Has anyone else ever dealt with this? Is there any way I can get some relief until I am able to go to the doctor?
Sorry, I've never dealt with mouth issues other than when my wisdom teeth were coming in so I have no idea of what is going on.

XavierRose Due January 14; 2 kids; Gilbert, Arizona 1716 posts
11th May '13

A cavity is a hole in the tooth, which can cause an infection or worse if not filled. An abcess is a fluid filled sac, which can form in the gums. I had one as a kid in the roof of my mouth, it pushed my tooth so far over, I had to get that tooth removed completely, since it was all the way in my palate and not coming in at all.

MelDCraig 2 kids; Kennewick, Washington 427 posts
11th May '13

A cavity is a hole in the tooth that could or could not hurt......typically once it starts to get deeper into the tooth and the nerves are exposed is when it really starts to hurt. An abscess is an infection under the tooth and is very painful. To put any pressure on the tooth is very painful (I just got over one and had to have to tooth pulled). You can get a blister on the gums next to the tooth but that doesn't always happen. If you think you have an abscess you need to atleast get on antibiotics to take care of the infection because it will only get worse. I let one go too long a while ago and my jaw locked up on me. The infection can also spread so the sooner it is taken care of the better.

Belle De Jour Due October 8 (boy); 2 kids; Kentucky 18910 posts
11th May '13
Quoting MelDCraig:" A cavity is a hole in the tooth that could or could not hurt......typically once it starts to get deeper ... [snip!] ... go too long a while ago and my jaw locked up on me. The infection can also spread so the sooner it is taken care of the better."


Ugh this has me so worried. I have NO money until I get paid. It hurts to eat it hurts when I'm not eating and I can't do anything about it. :(

MelDCraig 2 kids; Kennewick, Washington 427 posts
11th May '13
Quoting Uncle Obama's Banana:" Ugh this has me so worried. I have NO money until I get paid. It hurts to eat it hurts when I'm not eating and I can't do anything about it. :( "


Try using an ice pack on your jaw next to it. That was the only was I was able to sleep while I had an abscess. Eating is very painful with one and I ended up losing some weight because of it. It isn't going to stop hurting though until you atleast start taking care of the infection. Mine got so bad this time that the side of my face that is was on felt like it was on fire. Sorry you are going through this....I know they are not fun at all.