What’s an abscessed tooth? What are the symptoms?

An abscessed tooth is an infection inside your tooth or gum that can be very painful. It’s most often caused by a damaged tooth, an untreated cavity or gum disease. Bacteria moves into the tooth interior “pulp” and starts in infection. Abscess literally means a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue. Without treatment you risk the infection spreading which can make you loose the tooth or experience other health problems.

Common symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:

  • Throbbing pain, especially when chewing
  • Moderate to high fever—a severe headache
  • Experience a salty, bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums that are red and swollen
  • A swelled up jaw and face
  • A little bump or gumboil on either side of your gums that resembles the size of a pimple