What is a Tooth Abscess?

In a way, you can think of a tooth abscess as a painful pimple, but in your mouth. An abscess is a pocket of puss that is caused by a bacterial infection. There are both periapical and periodontal abscesses. A periapical abscess occurs at the bottom of the tooth’s root. On the other hand, a periodontal abscess occurs in the gums next to the tooth’s root.

Abscesses have various causes which can range from decay, old dental work, or injury. No matter the cause, Dr. Perry is able to help you! The tooth abscess will be drained, already relieving much pain. Next, the infection will be removed and if possible, the tooth will be saved with a Root Canal. However, if the tooth needs to be removed, we have many options to replace a tooth.

Please refer to our website for further information on tooth replacement options.


If you are experiencing these issues, please do not hesitate to contact us!

  • Severe, persistent toothache
  • Sensitivity to temperatures or pressure
  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Foul-smell or taste in the mouth


How to Avoid an Abscess

Anyone can be prone to an abscess if they are not careful. Here are two ways to prevent an abscess:

  • Good Oral Hygiene- this is ALWAYS a good idea! Make sure you are brushing and flossing daily. This prevents cavities which in turn prevents an abscess.
  • Healthy Diet- avoiding a lot of sugary foods and will protect your teeth from bacteria!