A tooth abscess may form if there is tooth decay. It may also occur when a tooth is broken, chipped, or injured in other ways. Openings in the tooth enamel allow bacteria to infect the center of the tooth (the pulp). Infection may spread from the root of the tooth to the bones supporting the tooth.
Infection results in a buildup of pus and tissue swelling within the tooth. This causes a toothache. The toothache may stop if pressure is relieved. But the infection can remain active and continue to spread. This can cause more pain and can destroy tissue.
The main symptom is a severe toothache. The pain is continuous. It does not stop. It can be described as gnawing, sharp, shooting, or throbbing. Other symptoms may include:
·Bitter taste in the mouth
·General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
·Pain when chewing
·Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
·Swelling of the gum over the infected tooth, which may look like a pimple
·Swollen glands of the neck
·Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw, which is a very serious symptom
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