What is a Tooth Abscess?


A tooth abscess is a painful infection within a tooth occurring at the root tip or around the root. It is commonly because of serious tooth decay.

For more information, an abscess is a pocket of pus forming as part of our body’s attempt to struggle against a bacterial infection. Abscesses can form in almost any part of the body. In the mouth, abscesses form in the gums, teeth or roots of teeth. To penetrate our mouth, bacteria has multiple ways such as through trauma, through decay or through a deep gap between the teeth and gums.

abscessed tooth

Dentists will treat an abscessed tooth by draining it and getting rid of the infection. They may save your tooth with a root canal treatment, but in some cases it may need to be removed.

If the abscess is drained, most symptoms of the condition could rapidly disappear, maybe within a few days, but it need to eliminate the cause to successfully cure the disease. If it does not drain, the infection can spread to other areas of the head and neck. In this case, it can cause several complications, even become life-threatening.

Signs and symptoms of the condition

The most common sign of an abscessed tooth is the severe and persistent gnawing or throbbing or sharp pain.

Other usual symptoms may include:

– The dark color of the tooth, compared to other teeth and could be no pain

– Fever

– Pain when pressing on the tooth

– Bitter taste in the mouth

– Foul smell to the breath

– Swollen neck glands

– Redness and swelling of the gums

– Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw

– An open, draining sore on the side of the gum.

In some cases, an abscessed tooth may not have any symptom at all, which because the tooth has lost the ability to feel stimuli. Meanwhile, the abscess is still available and able to expand.

See your dentist promptly if you have any sign or symptom of a tooth abscess.


The most common method your dentist use is tapping your teeth with a dential instrument. If you have an abscessed tooth, you will feel pain. The dentist also consider your pain as chewing or putting your teeth under pressure, or basing on your gums. It is important that you have to give a properly report of the signs you have.

Besides, the dentist can also do a nerve test on the affected tooth, which may include the temperature test or using an electric tester.

An X-ray is also common to take for helping the dentist look at the tooth’s root.



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