Fistula seems like a made up and confusing word, but for your health, it is important you understand what fistulas are and how to identify them. If you have a fistula, you will want to contact your doctor right away to seek advice and treatment.
Fistula is a general medical term that is used to explain a connection between an organ and the body’s surface. This connection though should not exist, and it is not good for you.
Specifically, in dental health, “a fistula is defined as a non-natural or non pre-existing tube connecting the inflammation centre or an organ with the interior body parts and/ or exterior surface of the body” according to checkdent.
One of the biggest signs of dental fistulas is persistent and painful inflammation concentrated in one specific site. When this happens, puss is created and eventually, a puss corridor can be created. Once this corridor reaches the surface, the resulting mass is called a gum boil.
Gum boils can be very painful, but even ones that are not painful still need to be seen by a doctor. Some of the puss can be released temporarily, but this is not a permeate solution. The pus corridor is lined with special cells that form a – you guessed it, fistula.
Fistulas are an infection, and untreated the infection will continue to expand damaging your mouth, teeth, and oral health. It can also lead to more dental procedures in the long run such as root canals.
If you believe you have a fistula or a gun boil, be sure to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner it is identified, the more help can be provided and the more complications that can be avoided.