What is it?

A dental abscess is a pocket filled with pus at different regions of the tooth. It could be at the tip of the tooth or at the root. It occurs when bacteria enter the dental pulp which is the innermost part of the tooth. Then, an infection occurs which causes swelling and inflammation of the root. Risk factors may include poor dental hygiene, a diet high in sugars and dry mouth. If the abscess ruptures by itself, treatment is still needed to stop the infection from spreading.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Periapical Abscess

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include a severe, persisting tooth pain, which may radiate to the ear, neck or jawbone, sensitivity to temperature changes or to pressure, fever, swelling, swollen and tender lymph nodes, a sudden release of fluid in the mouth, which tastes and smells badly.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include X-ray or a CT-scan.


Treatment may include opening up the abscess and draining it, performing a root canal, pulling up the infected tooth and antibiotics.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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