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What are symptoms of abscessed tooth?

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An abscessed tooth happens when a tooth’s root gets infected with bacteria and pus builds up around it. It might hurt, but not always. The pain is usually sharp and throbbing, especially when you put pressure on your tooth. It might also spread to your jaw or other parts of your face on the side that’s affected.

You also might:

If you have swelling in your face and a fever, or you have trouble breathing or swallowing, go to the emergency room. The infection may have spread to other parts of your body.

  • Be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures
  • Have puffy gums
  • Notice a bad-smelling odor when you chew with that tooth

From: Do I Have an Abscessed Tooth? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Tooth Abscess: “Overview,” “Symptoms and Causes,” “Diagnosis.”

NHS Choices: “Dental Abscess.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on June 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Tooth Abscess: “Overview,” “Symptoms and Causes,” “Diagnosis.”

NHS Choices: “Dental Abscess.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on June 17, 2019

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