What does a tooth abscess look and feel like?
There is swelling on the gum tissue that is filled with pus. The raised swelling looks like a pimple near the affected tooth. Other signs of a tooth abscess are a bad taste or bad odor in the mouth. Swelling of the face, jaw, or surrounding lymph nodes often signals a growing infection.
Can a tooth abscess go away on its own?
This kind of infection is called an abscessed tooth, or a periapical abscess. These infections don’t go away on their own, so it’s important to see your dentist if you think you have one. If it’s not treated, it can spread to your jaw or other areas of your head or neck.
What are the first signs of an abscess?
Signs of a skin abscess can include:
- a smooth swelling under your skin that can feel hard or firm.
- pain and tenderness in the affected area.
- warmth and redness in the affected area.
- a visible build-up of white or yellow pus under the skin in the affected area.
- a high temperature (fever)
How can I treat an abscessed tooth at home?
There’s no way to treat a gum abscess at home. To reduce pain and sensitivity until you see a dentist, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or take over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.