A tooth abscess is an infection caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease or a cracked tooth. Symptoms of an abscessed tooth can include pain, swelling, redness in the gums, bad taste in the mouth or fever. Left untreated, the abscess can lead to a serious infection in the jaw bone, teeth, and surrounding tissues.
If you have an abscessed tooth, it won’t get better on its own. You will need treatment from a dental specialist who can help save your tooth.
Depending on the severity of the infection, an abscessed tooth can be treated in various ways. To get rid of the infection, antibiotics may be given to kill the bacteria causing the infection.
The most common way to save the tooth is with a root canal. Your dental specialist will drill into the tooth and cleans the pulp from inside it and the root canals that go down into the gum. They will fill and seal the empty spaces in the root. You’ll either get a filling or a crown.
In the worst cases, surgery may need it to drain the abscess.