A dental abscess is more commonly known as a toothache due to the pain associated with this condition. Those suffering from dental pain should see a dentist as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and pain relief.
A dental abscess is created when bacteria causes an infection inside a tooth due to an opening in the tooth enamel. This infection causes pus to build up inside the tooth or at the root of the tooth.
The pain of a tooth abscess is a deep throbbing toothache. Other symptoms can include bad breath, a bitter taste in the mouth, fever or sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold.
An abscess can begin to form and cause pain within the first day of the infection. If treatment is not administered, these infections can last for years.
An abscess must be treated by a dentist. A root canal may be performed to stop the infection and save the tooth. Removal of the tooth may be necessary in cases of severe infection.
While waiting for professional treatment, take over-the-counter pain relievers to help ease the pain. Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water may also soothe the toothache.
When left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body causing complications, which could result in death.