I called for an appointment today ASAP, and they got me in this afternoon at 2:15. The doctor was very thorough. He concluded that my abcess is healing on its own, and I should just keep doing salt water rinses like I have been. For my receding gum on that tooth, I scheduled surgery for January 20th. It should only take about an hour. They have to take part of the roof of my mouth and use it as a skin graft to replace the gum on the tooth that needs it. The only problem is that this surgery will cost $1400, which I really don't have extra. I hate to beg, but if you have an extra $5 or even $1 you can donate to me, I would really appreciate it. And I'll give you free large ad space on my blog (200 x 180) for three months if you donate $20 or more. Large ad space for three months on my blog would normally cost you $36. So please please please donate.