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Just like any other part other of our body, we can injure the inside of our mouth. If this happens, bacteria can potentially enter and cause an infection—which can lead to a painful swelling filled with pus. If the pus can’t escape the area will become even more swollen and painful. This is known as an abscess. Essentially, an abscess is a barrier that keeps the infection from spreading to the rest of your body.

There are two types of abscesses. The first is a gum abscess. This is an infection that occurs in between the tooth and the gum. The second kind of abscess, known as a tooth related abscess, occurs inside your tooth. This happens when a nerve is dead or dying and typically shows itself at the tip of the root.

These are several symptoms of an abscess. These symptoms include a fever, pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in your mouth, bad breath, swollen neck glands, discomfort, redness or swelling of your gums, and an open, draining sore on the side of your gums.

Treatment of an abscessed tooth can be complicated, however the goal is to eliminate the infection, preserve the tooth, and prevent complications. Our dentist will first need to drain the abscess and they will perform root canal therapy. A crown will then go over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

If you worry that you may have an abscessed tooth, we recommend getting to our dentist right away. Dr. Amandeep Gill and our team are highly qualified and will help with any issue you may have. Just call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 566-1986 to schedule an appointment. We are eager to hear from you.