Dental Abscess

June 11, 2021

Dental abscess What is a dental abscess? Dental abscess is a buildup of bacterial infection that forms inside of the teeth or gums. If not removed, it can become a frequently occurring infectious process. Mechanism of dental abscess formation The abscess is typically cause by a bacterial infection, like a cavity, that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. The microorganisms exist in plaque, as a by-product of food, saliva, and bacteria in the mouth. If the plaque adheres to the teeth is not removed by regular and proper brushing and flossing, the bacteria may spread deep inside the soft tissue of the tooth or gums. This can eventually lead to an untreated cavity and abscess formation.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms associated with the dental abscess include the following:

• A pimple-like bump on the gums below the infected tooth

• Pain in the affected area when chewing or when touching the affected area

• Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks

• A foul, stingy taste in the mouth

• Fever

• An unwell feeling generally

• Difficulty in opening of the mouth

• Difficulty in swallowing

• Insomnia

The main symptom of a dental abscess is pain, throbbing and intense. The pain usually becomes more intense over the following hours or days. Pain may radiate to the ear, jaw, and neck. If untreated, the abscess can be life-threatening. If you suspect you have a dental abscess, please contact The TeleDentists immediately. Our dentists can get you on an antibiotic and into a dental office for treatment within 48 hours. It is vital to remove the infection before it spreads and can become dangerous. Start your dental consultation NOW: