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Defined as a buildup of pus in the teeth or gums caused by an infection, dental abscesses are potentially serious conditions. An abscess can lead to significant complications if not treated promptly.

What Are the Symptoms?

Recognising the symptoms of a dental abscess is crucial for timely treatment. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Pain: The discomfort associated with a dental abscess is often severe and can be felt as throbbing or aching, especially when biting or chewing.
  • Swelling: It is common to experience swelling of the face or gums near the affected tooth.
  • Bad Taste: A salty, metallic or sour taste in the mouth may occur if pus from the abscess begins draining into it.
  • Difficulty Sleeping: The pain and discomfort from the abscess can disrupt sleep, making it hard to get a good night’s rest.
  • Need for Painkillers: The intense discomfort often requires patients to take painkillers to manage their symptoms.

Treatment Options

Our dentist may drain the abscess to remove pus, reduce pressure and pain and prescribe antibiotics to fight the bacterial infection. Sometimes, a root canal procedure may be necessary to remove infected tissue and save the tooth. If tooth removal is required, we can talk to you about replacement options for the missing tooth.

Prevention Tips

Preventing dental abscesses involves maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and avoiding excessive sugar can significantly reduce the risk of infection. Additionally, never ignore tooth pain or gum discomfort – early treatment can prevent serious complications.

Contact Us Today

Ignoring a dental abscess can lead to severe consequences, including jawbone infections, tooth loss and other more serious long-term issues affecting your oral health and aesthetics. If you experience any symptoms of a dental abscess, please contact Avadent Dental Centre straightaway to book an appointment.


Abscesses Cannington, East Cannington WA | (08) 9356 3077