Monthly Archives: January 2019

Painful Pimple on Gums

I’m hoping you can help me. I’ve had a tooth hurting for a bit. I didn’t see anything wrong with it so didn’t worry. Today, I noticed a pimple on my gum. It is throbbing and hurts like you wouldn’t believe. My doctor thinks it is a dental issue. What do I do about it if I don’t have a dentist?


Dear Craig,

Woman grabbing her jaw in need of an emergency dentist

What looks like a pimple on your gums is actually an abscess. This means your tooth is infected and the infection is spilling out. You should be aware this is a dental emergency. If it’s not dealt with the infection will spread and can turn life threatening. The tooth pain you’ve been feeling was very likely the infection making itself known. Sometimes, there can be no visible decay and you still have some. This is why dentists will do x-rays during your checkups in order to make sure there’s no decay taking place internally.

You’ll need to have a root canal treatment done in order to save your tooth. I realize you don’t have a dentist. Fortunately, there are dentists willing to see non-established patients in the case of dental emergencies. Most of them will even see you that day because of the seriousness of the issue.

Often after a root canal treatment a tooth will need a dental crown. This is to protect the tooth as they can become brittle after treatment. If you like the emergency dentist, you can schedule follow up treatment with him or her. If you don’t, then you can try another dentist.

The important thing is to get this infection dealt with right away. After that you’ll have some breathing room.

A Big Reason People Avoid the Dentist

Most patients avoid the dentist because of serious trauma with a dentist in the past. Usually that was the result of a painful appointment mixed with an insensitive dentist. If that’s you, I have great news for you.

There are dentists who cater to patients with bad experiences. Often, to help with your anxiety, they can even provide some form of dental sedation. If anxiety has kept you out of the dental chair, you may want to find a dentist who treats emergencies as well as offers sedation.

Many patients who previously avoided the dentist at all costs find this simple solution to change their life.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.

Can Patients Order Implant Parts to Save Money?

I have snap-on implant dentures. I often need to replace the male retention caps. My dentist charges me $20 a pop, but I see them online for $20 for a set. I feel I’m being gouged. Is there any way for a patient to order these? The website where I see them only seem to sell to dental professionals.


Dear Brooke,

snap on dentures

I agree that your dentist has quite a markup on those. He may have a lot of overhead and he is trying to make up some of those expenses. While the websites will only take orders from dental offices, it is rarely the dentist who places those orders. It’s usually one of their hygienists or assistants.

Most dentists go into their field because they want to make a difference in people’s lives. The first thing I’d do is talk to your dentist and tell him the expense is making life challenging for you. Ask him if he’d be willing to sell them to you closer to cost.

If he says no, you have two choices.

Call a Different Implant Dentist

You could call around to some local offices who offer dental implants and snap-on dentures to see if you can reach a sympathetic staff member who would be willing to order them for you and let you pay them. You are very likely to find one.

Order Dental Implant Parts on Ebay

You can also get them from Ebay. However, be careful here. These are overseas sellers and some of those countries have very poor regulations. It doesn’t mean their products will be faulty, just make sure you check their reviews.

The other thing about Ebay is you will need to know exactly what you want and how to place them into your denture.

I hope this helped.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.