A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that forms on your gums. Often, the gum becomes swollen and red, like a boil. An abscess is caused by a bacterial infection. 

Types of dental abscess

  1. Gingival: an abscess that begins in the gums and doesn’t usually affect any teeth.
  2. Periapical: an abscess that begins at the tip of the root of a tooth. If the tooth is broken (or cracked), the infection can impact the pulp of the involved tooth.  
  3. Periodontal: an abscess that begins in the jawbone and tissues surrounding the tooth. This type of abscess tended to be more common when periodontal disease is involved.

Symptoms of a dental abscess

The most common symptoms of a dental abscess are:

How to treat a dental abscess

As with any infection, the goal of treatment for a tooth abscess is to treat the infection. This can be done in a few ways:

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your jaw or tooth, don’t hesitate to call us at (617) 332-2872. We can set up an appointment to assess the site of the pain and make a treatment plan. For any other appointments, feel free to use our online booking form.

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