An abscessed tooth is an infection at the root of the tooth. Abscesses are often caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or untreated cavities and can be extremely painful. Poor dental care and gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth leaving pockets where food can build up. This build-up can cause bacteria to grow and an abscess to form. If an abscessed tooth is not treated, the infection can spread to the jawbone causing bone loss. This can lead to the tooth becoming loose or having to be removed.
Besides throbbing pain, an abscessed tooth can also cause the following symptoms:
- Swollen, red gums
- Swelling in the jaw or face
- A pimple-like bump on the gum near the tooth
- A tooth that is very painful to the touch
- A bad taste in the mouth