Tooth abscesses can cause one or multiple teeth hurt, make it difficult to chew foods on one side of the mouth, and even lead to general illness and fever. This kind of mouth infection can be serious, and individuals should have a dentist look at the issue as soon as possible to prevent complications.


1. What is a Tooth Abscess?

Tooth abscesses are caused by bacterial infections either of the tooth or the gum. The abscess occurs when pus fills a pocket inside your gum. They are painful and, if not treated, can lead to severe and even life-threatening complications. There are three types of dental abscesses: periodontal, gingival, and periapical.

what are dental abscesses

SIphotography / Getty Images


More on Facty Health


This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.