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Just like any other part other of our body, we can injure the inside of our mouth. If this happens, bacteria can potentially enter and cause an infection—which can lead to a painful swelling filled with pus. If the pus can’t escape the area will become even more swollen and painful. This is known as an abscess. Essentially, an abscess is a barrier that keeps the infection from spreading to the rest of your body.

The first type of abscess in the mouth is called a gum abscess. This is where a piece of food or foreign object sticks in between the tooth and gum and causes an infection. The second kind of mouth abscess is found in the tooth. The nerve in your tooth is dead or dying and will show itself at the top of the root.

These are several symptoms of an abscess. These symptoms include a fever, pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in your mouth, bad breath, swollen neck glands, discomfort, redness or swelling of your gums, and more!

Treatment of an abscessed tooth can be complicated, however the goal is to eliminate the infection, preserve the tooth, and prevent complications. Our dentist will first need to drain the abscess and they will perform root canal therapy. A crown will then be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

If you worry that you may have an abscessed tooth, we recommend getting to our dentist right away. Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith and our team are highly qualified and will help with any issue you may have. Just call Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD at 208-343-4986 to schedule an appointment. We are eager to hear from you.