Odontogenic Abscess

An Odontogenic abscess or dental abscess is a collection of pus that can form inside the teeth, in the gums or in the bone that holds the teeth in place. It's caused by a bacterial infection. An abscess at the end of a tooth is called a periapical abscess. An abscess in the gum is called a periodontal abscess.

You should see a dentist as soon as possible if you think you have a dental abscess.
  • Symptoms
  • Toothache


    Gum swelling


    Gum redness


    Thermal sensitivity of tooth


    Skin rash and redness

    • At face


    Facial pain

    • One side

    or Face is sore to touch

    • Over cheek(s)


    Face swelling


    Pus discharge from gum


    Bad breath



    Difficulty opening the mouth

    Enlarged or swollen lymph nodes

    • Beneath jaw or at neck

    Swallowing difficulties

    or Excessive saliva flowing

    or Difficulty breathing

  • Risk factors
  • History of dental caries

    Trauma to jaw

    Recent dental procedure

    Alcohol consumption

    Intravenous drug abuse

    Sjogren's syndrome

    or Radiation therapy

    or Falling sick easily

    or Diabetes mellitus

    Use of antihistamines

    or Use of antidepressants

    or Recent antibiotic use

  • Treatment
  • While you're waiting to see a dentist, painkillers can help control your pain. Ibuprofen is the preferred painkiller for dental abscesses, but if you're unable to take it for medical reasons, you can take paracetamol instead. It may also help to: 1- Avoid hot or cold food and drink if it makes the pain worse 2- Try eating cool, soft foods if possible, using the opposite side of your mouth. 3- Use a soft toothbrush and temporarily avoid flossing around the affected tooth These measures can help relieve your symptoms temporarily, but you should not use them to delay getting help from a dentist.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Odontogenic Abscess, then a visit to a dentist is highly recommended.

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