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Abscess

About dental abscesses:

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that is frequently caused by bacteria. An abscess may appear as a “pimple” or “bubble” on the soft tissues of the mouth. If you see this in your child’s mouth, call us for an appointment. X-rays will be necessary to correctly diagnose the abscess. If the abscess is affecting a baby tooth, the treatment will be extraction. If the abscess is affecting an adult tooth, treatment is usually a root canal.

If the abscess is accompanied by facial swelling, fever, chills or vomiting, you should seek immediate medical attention by a physician. Your child may need to be prescribed or administered an antibiotic from a medical doctor.

Visit an emergency room immediately if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Chills, fever, or vomiting
  • Any facial swelling
  • Increased swelling or increased pain, especially around the eye
  • Increased redness or increased red streaking from the infected area
  • Elevation of the floor of the mouth, difficulty swallowing, or difficulty breathing

These symptoms may be signs of a life-threatening infection. If your child has any of them, don’t delay in taking him or her to an emergency room.