If the pulp tissues inside of your tooth have become infected, then a pus pocket called an abscess may develop at the tooth root tip. This can be a dangerous condition, but you may not realize that you have it. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Severe Toothache: This is one of the most common symptoms of an abscess. As the pus pocket gets larger, it puts pressure against your tooth nerve that causes severe, continuous pain.
- Sensitivity: An abscess as well as the decayed or cracked teeth that often cause it can make the affected tooth feel more sensitive to heat, cold, and pressure.
- Foul Taste in The Mouth: You may experience a foul taste in your mouth followed by toothache relief. When this happens, it means that the abscess ruptured and pus has filled your mouth, often through a pimple-like sore on your oral tissue called a fistula or sinus tract. Though the rupturing offers relief, your abscess will still need to receive treatment.
- Fever and Swelling: If the infection of the abscess spreads to your jaw and other parts of the body, you may experience fever as well as swelling in the mouth and lymph nodes. This is your body’s reaction to fight the infection.
If you experience the above symptoms, please visit ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. as soon as possible for treatment. An abscess can become life-threatening unless we drain it, clean the area, and treat the infection.