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Brisbane Dentist - excellence in general and aesthetic dentistry with Drs Amy Daley, Leila Haywood, UQ graduates with 20 years of experience in Spring Hill, Brisbane

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What are the symptoms of an abscess?

A dental abscess is an infection in the gum and bone caused by the tooth dying, and can only be treated by removal of the tooth, or root canal treatment. 

What are the symptoms of an abscess?

The symptoms vary. Extreme sensitivity to hot and/or cold, is sometimes the first symptom, followed by a dull/throbbing toothache, which is normally severe enough to require pain relief.  For some people, pain relief does not settle the pain.  Eventually this pain disappears, however the the tooth will continue to fester internally, and normally presents with a defect in the bone around the root of the tooth, when an x-ray is taken, which represents an infection.  If the tooth is left too long, the infection may burst through the bone and drain into the mouth, which leads to a bad taste in the mouth, or it may lead to visible swelling in the jaws, and there may be no choice other than to remove the infected tooth.  Some people experience excruciating pain, and for other people, there are no symptoms at all.  In extremely rare cases, a dental abscess has sadly been associated with septacaemia and death.