Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a build up of pus that can form inside the teeth, in gums, or in the bone which holds the teeth in place.


It’s caused by a bacterial infection that exists in plaque, a product of food, saliva, and natural bacteria in the mouth. It sticks to the teeth and damages them as well as the gums.


Dental abscesses are often painful but sometimes they are not. In both cases, they should be looked at by a dentist, and as quickly as possible.

You need to get help as soon as possible because abscesses don’t go away on their own. They can sometimes spread inside the soft tissue of the tooth or gums and eventually result in tooth loss or greater infection.

There are three types of dental abscess- the gingival, periodontal, and periapical.

  • Gingival abscess (or gum abscess) is caused by bacterial infection from tooth decay, harsh brushing, cracked or broken teeth, or food debris stuck between the teeth.
  • Periodontal abscess (also called lateral abscess, or parietal abscess) is a pocket of pus localised within the tissues of the gum.
  • Periapical abscess (or tooth abscess) is a collection of pus at the root of the tooth. It is usually caused by an infection that has spread from a tooth to the tissues around it.

Dental abscesses are generally caused by severe tooth decay, gum disease, and food debris stuck between the teeth. People who have dental abscess usually experience pain in the affected area.

They also suffer from bad breath caused by the bacterial infection. Some have red and swollen gums due to the activity of the bacteria inside the mouth.

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What to do when you have Dental Abscess

While you are waiting to see your dentist, here are some first aid tips you can do to relieve the pain temporarily:

  • Rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of water. Salt water works as an antiseptic to remove bacteria from the infected area. It also helps relieve toothache if an infected gum caused the abscess.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce the pain. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16.
  • Avoid eating hard food and drinking hot or cold drinks for the meantime. Eat soft foods instead.
  • Always remember that pain relievers only work for a while and it is more important to seek your dentist’s help.

Visit your Preston Supreme dentist to be checked. Your dentist will conduct an in-depth examination to find out the cause of the dental abscess present in your mouth.

Keep in mind that even if you don’t have an abscess, when you don’t see your dentist, existing conditions may worsen and there is a possibility that new abscess will form.

Dental Emergency at Preston Supreme Dental

Preston Supreme Dental is ready to attend to your dental emergencies. We assure you of high-quality dental care.

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If you have any dental emergencies that need immediate relief and attention, call us at (03) 9478 7708 to make an appointment or visit us at 243 Murray Road, Preston, Vic 3072

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