What exactly is a tooth infection/abscess?
A dental abscess forms when your body’s immune system reacts to bacteria that finds its way inside of a tooth. This can happen if the integrity of the tooth is compromised by cavities, fractures, or periodontal disease. An abscess can develop even if you are unaware of any of these conditions, as only a microscopic amount of bacteria inside the tooth can cause serious symptoms. The most common signs that you have dental abscess include:
Pain – typically in the area of the infected tooth
and intraoral swelling
Warmth and redness of skin overlying the abscess
Fevers and chills
Inability to open the mouth very wide
Difficulty swallowing food and liquids
Daniel Yang DDS, MD
Yorba Linda Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
on Nov 25th, 2020
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