What is an abscess?
An abscess is a limited area of pus that forms when there is a bacterial infection. Abscesses can form in almost every part of the body. In the mouth, an abscess forms in the gum tissue or in the roots of the teeth and in the surrounding gum area. They can be caused by trauma, a bacterium that enters through a cavity and gets into the dental pulp, or from a deep periodontal pocket. People with low resistance to infection are at increased risk of developing an abscess. First, the abscess may cause a toothache, which can be severe. The tooth’s nerve can become infected and the infection can burrow through the gum. If infections do not drain or if they are left untreated, they can spread to other areas of the head or neck and can become life threatening. If you have any other questions, please give Power Ranch Dental a call at (480) 988- 2282.