A dental abscess may look like a small pustule on the gums at the base of an infected tooth. However, it is possible that no visible signs of abscess will be present. This makes knowing the symptoms of tooth abscess all the more important.

Symptoms of dental abscess include continuous pain in a single tooth that may be sharp, dull, or shooting. Additional symptoms of an abscess tooth include:

  • Red or swollen gum tissue
  • An open sore or pustule on the gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth that won’t go away
  • Pain when chewing or biting

An abscess may also cause fever, swollen lymph nodes, nausea, and general discomfort. When these symptoms accompany dental discomfort it is important to contact Burke family dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule a treatment consultation right away.

Dental abscess is treated with root canal therapy. This safe and effective treatment allows Dr. Marzban to remove infection, bacteria, and debris from the inner chamber of the tooth, eliminating pain and reducing the risk of tooth loss. Following your root canal Dr. Marzban will restore your smile and protect the impacted tooth with a custom-made dental crown, helping to prevent reinfection and additional damage to the tooth.

If you suspect you have an abscess tooth, please call our Burke family dentist at 703-323-8200 to schedule a consultation today.