Having a tooth abscess can be a very uncomfortable, if not to say painful experience. An abscess consists of an infection that has either reached a tooth, or the gums around a tooth. People notice they have an abscess when they start feeling pain, even though an abscess can develop for weeks without really feeling anything. Therefore, the main symptom is intense pain in the mouth, that comes from the infected tooth, but that can also spread throughout the whole side of the face.
Other symptoms can also tell if a dental abscess is about to take place:
- Gums might become red and puffy, with swelling around the tooth.
- Chewing food can become painful as the abscessed tooth is in contact with food or with other teeth.
- Infections can cause fever, which leads to general fatigue and even headaches.
- After the swelling occurs, pus might come out by itself and flow into the mouth. The pus’ taste is very bad, and it’s recommended to spit out the pus instead of swallowing it, but pain does calm down after this happens.