Dental Abscesses can be scary, and may require immediate treatment.  Our tips below can help determine your best course of action.


There are a multitude of symptoms that can indicate the presence of a dental abscess.  Most importantly, if you think you have a Dental Abscess, speak to a Dentist immediately. Chat with us now or call 833-500-DIAL.


Signs of an Abscess

  • Toothache
    • An abscess is a pocket of puss caused by a bacterial infection.  This can cause increased pressure on the nerve endings in and around your teeth, and/or on the bone/gums, leading to a toothache.
  • Fever
    • An abscess is an infection, when that infection leaves your mouth and spreads into your bloodstream, it can cause a fever.
  • Teeth Sensitivity
    • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures as well as sensitivity to chewing or biting can be a sign of an infected nerve and/or dental abscess. 
  • Swelling
    • Similar to the cause of fever, if the bacteria present in an abscess begins to spread to other areas, swelling can occur.
  • Foul taste in mouth
    • A potential sign that an abscess has ruptured, seek immediate medical care.


 Causes of an Abscess

  • Poor oral hygiene
    • Not brushing or flossing enough, as well as incorrect or inefficient brushing and flossing can all contribute to poor oral health.
  • High sugar diet
    • Frequently consuming foods or drinks high in sugar such as candy and soda could attribute to the formation of dental decay, and if left untreated, lead to an abscess.
  • Oral Injury
    • An injury to the mouth or jaw could very well open an avenue for bacteria to invade, causing a dental abscess.
  • Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
    • Dry mouth can be caused by a number of factors such as age, or more commonly, be a side effect of medication. Dry mouth can be a key factor in causing decay and eventually a dental abscess.



  • Practicing good oral hygiene
    • Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly is one of the best steps you can take towards preventing decay/abscesses and just having good oral health.
  • Diet
    • High concentration of sugary and starchy foods can create a welcoming place in your mouth for decay to form, it's best to enjoy these foods in moderation.
  • Replace your toothbrush
    • It's best to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, this ensures your brush stays clean and effective when brushing. Electronic toothbrushes are highly recommended. 
  • Visit your Dentist
    • Getting regular cleanings at your Dentist will increase your oral health as well as allow a professional to inspect for anything suspicious going on in your mouth.



Treatment for a dental abscess varies depending on the severity, placement, and other factors.  As previously stated, the most important thing you can do if you have or suspect you have a dental abscess is to speak to a Dentist immediately.  Dental abscesses can rupture and spread causing infection to occur in other areas of your mouth, face, and body.  In worst case scenarios, a ruptured abscess can cause Sepsis, which can be life threatening.  We can help you.  We have Dentists on staff and available 24/7, and we partner with offices in your area for immediate placement, no new patient fees or additional paperwork involved.  Call us at 833-500-DIAL, or use our chat feature and chat with us now.