An abscess is a collection of pus. Pus is a thick fluid that usually contains white blood cells, dead tissue and germs (bacteria). The usual cause of an abscess is an infection with bacteria.
A dental abscess is a localised collection of pus in a tooth or in nearby structures. They are classified into two main types.
This type of abscess starts in the centre of the tooth (the dental pulp). This is the most common type. If you can decay in the tooth it can reach the nerve which will then kill the nerve and cause infection which collects at the bottom of the nerve/root.
This type of abscess starts in the supporting structures of the teeth, such as the periodontium which is between the tooth and the gum. It most commonly develops as a complication of gum disease (periodontal disease), which is infection or inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth. tooth.
What are the symptoms of a dental abscess?
Symptoms typically include one or more of the following:
Pain (toothache) which can quickly become worse. It can be severe and throbbing.
Swelling of the gum, which can be tender.
Swelling of the face. The skin over an abscess may become red and inflamed.
The affected tooth may become tender to touch, and may even become loose.
High temperature (fever) and feeling generally unwell.
In severe cases, there may be spasm of the jaw muscles.
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