An abscess is an area of pus caused by infection. There are quite a few signs and symptoms that could possibly mean you have an abscessed tooth. These symptoms include persistent throbbing, sensitivity to hot and cold, pain when chewing or biting, facial swelling, drainage of pus, bad breath, funny taste in your mouth, or a red bump on your gums near the painful area
You can develop an abscess for several different reasons. If you have decay in a tooth that is not treated quickly enough, the bacteria will grow an infection. If you have any kind of trauma to the mouth, cracked or broken teeth that are either too severe or not treated, and even gum disease.
The pain from an abscessed tooth will not permanently go away without treatment. Dentists will often put you on antibiotics to help with the infection before treatment of the cause of infection. Once you’re put on antibiotics the pain may go away temporarily but the infection will then come back, often times even worse. Treatment of an abscess in the mouth usually consists of a root canal treatment, draining the pus, rinsing with salt water, and sometimes even an extraction of the infected tooth.
Leaving an abscess can lead to serious and possibly life threatening complications. If you suspect you may have an abscess, please call your dentist as soon as possible to prevent any unnecessary damage.