An abscessed tooth is a tooth that has a pocket of pus in the tissue next to it. This often occurs because the inside (pulp) of a tooth is infected and the bacteria spread to the tissue underneath the tooth. An abscess usually causes throbbing pain in the tooth and red, swollen gums.
Current as ofOctober 3, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry Arden G. Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry & Arden G. Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry