How would I know if I have an abscessed tooth? Are there symptoms?

An abscessed tooth is an infection inside your tooth or gum that brings on a very painful, relentless ache. The abscess is most often caused by a damaged tooth, an untreated cavity or gum disease. Bacteria moves into the tooth’s interior “pulp” to start the infection. The term “abscess” literally means a localized collection of pus surrounded by an inflamed tissue. If left untreated the infection could spread and become severe enough to loose the tooth or initiate other health problems.

Typical symptoms of an abscessed tooth are:

  • A severe headache with a moderate to high fever
  • Intense toothache with throbbing pain, especially when chewing
  • Experiencing a salty, bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums that are red and swollen
  • Your jaw and face swell up
  • A little bump or gumboil on either side of your gums that resembles the size of a pimple