If you are experiencing an intense, throbbing pain in a tooth or in your gums then you may have a dental abscess. A dental abscess is caused by bacterial infection that has caused a build-up of pus inside a tooth, in the gums or in the jaw bone.
Alongside pain, other symptoms of dental abscesses include redness and swelling in your face, a tender or loose tooth and sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink. If you think you have a dental abscess you should visit your dentist as this problem will only get worse - it can lead to further complications and can affect your health. When you visit Real Good Dental, your dentist will examine your mouth, teeth and gums. If you have a dental abscess then your treatment will involve draining away the pus and dealing with the source of infection. In extreme situations, the affected tooth may have to be removed or a root canal procedure may be necessary. An anaesthetic will be used and you should only feel a small amount of discomfort. While you are waiting to visit your dentist you can relieve discomfort by cleaning your teeth with a soft toothbrush and by taking over-the-counter pain medication (ask your chemist for advice on the best type to take).