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Abscessed Tooth

Abscessed Tooth Symptoms and Causes

An abscessed tooth is a tooth that is infected deep within its pulp. Damage to a tooth, gum disease or an untreated cavity can all lead to this oftentimes painful dental condition. Bacteria can also spread from the tooth to the gums causing an abscess to form. If an abscessed tooth is not treated, the infection can spread to the jawbone causing bone loss. This can lead to the tooth becoming loose or having to be removed.

Abscessed Tooth Symptoms:

Besides throbbing pain, an abscessed tooth can also cause the following symptoms:

  • Swollen, red gums
  • Swelling in the jaw or face
  • Fever
  • A pimple-like bum on the gum near the tooth
  • A tooth that is very painful to the touch
  • A bad taste in the mouth

Abscessed Tooth Causes:

Poor dental care and gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth that leave pockets where food can build up. This build-up can cause bacteria to grow and an abscess to form.