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If you are reading through tooth abscess symptoms, under the impression you could have an abscess it’s important to seek emergency dental care as soon as possible. Having a tooth abscess is a dental emergency that requires dental intervention in order to save your tooth, and prevent very serious complications. Let’s check out the known tooth abscess symptoms.


What Is A Tooth Abscess?

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that can develop in different regions of the tooth, and which is caused by a bacterial infection in the dental pulp.

A periodontal abscess develops in the gum to the side of a tooth root, while a periapical abscess develops at the root tip.

Periapical tooth abscesses develop because of previous dental work, an injury r trauma, or an untreated cavity. The bacteria gain access through a chip or crack in your tooth, or cavity, and can cause infection through the length of the tooth.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of A Tooth Abscess?

You may experience some but not all of these tooth abscess symptoms

  • Intense, persistent toothache that might spread to your neck, ear or jawbone
  • Fever
  • Inflammation or swelling in your cheek or face
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures 
  • Sensitivity to biting or chewing
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck or under your jaw
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing

In the event that you suspect you have a tooth abscess, treat it as a dental emergency and go to your nearest clinic if your dentist is unavailable. Even if your abscess does rupture, the infection still needs to be treated to stop it from spreading through your body; this is even more important if you have compromised immunity. 

If you suspect you have a dental emergency or need help with a tooth abscess, please contact our practice right away for emergency dental care: (02) 8776 3232.