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A tooth abscess, also known as a tooth infection or an abscessed tooth, occurs when a pocket of pus forms in or around an infected tooth root. Abscessed teeth are very painful and require immediate treatment from a dentist. Gum disease, untreated cavities, and cracks in the teeth all increase your risk of a dental abscess, but they can truly happen to anyone.

There are three types of dental abscesses

  • A gingival abscess (infected gums) is an abscess that is in the gums and doesn’t affect the tooth.  

  • A periodontal abscess (infected bone) is an abscess in the bone tissue and structures of the teeth.

  • A periapical abscess (infected tooth) is an abscess that begins in the soft pulp of the tooth.

What Causes a Dental Abscess?

Dental abscesses often occur in people who have not seen a dentist for many years because they are afraid to go to the dentist.
Bad oral hygiene practices (not brushing your teeth)
Trauma to the mouth or teeth (if you get hit in the face and mouth area and a tooth becomes loosened or chipped)
Obstructions in the salivary glands


The most obvious symptom of a dental abscess is severe tooth pain.The pain may be localized in a single tooth, or it may feel like an entire side of your jaw is hurting.
Often, the pain is worse if you lay down, so you may have trouble sleeping.
In addition to tooth pain, patients with abscess teeth often experience swelling of the jaw, gum soreness, and extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods. You might develop a mild fever.

If your tooth abscess ruptures, it’s important to seek help from your dentist right away. The tooth infection needs immediate medical treatment to prevent complications. In addition,you may experience fever, swelling, sudden onset of symptoms, persistent symptoms, or severe symptoms.

Tooth abscesses and tooth infections can be incredibly damaging and painful. If you notice signs of either of these dental problems, contact a dentist at BHD,as soon as you can. Call us today at (03) 5332 3043 or request an appointment through our website at any time.

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