Dental Abscess 101

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A dental abscess is a dental issue that can severely harm your tooth and alter your oral health. It usually forms when there is an opening in the tooth enamel (which typically occurs when you fail to treat a cavity or experience a dental trauma) and the bacteria enter the opening and infect the core of the tooth. This can cause major swelling and infection in the tooth and gums.

The symptoms of an abscessed tooth typically include:

-A severe and continuous pain in the tooth and gums

-A fever

-Pain when chewing

-Tooth sensitivity when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks

-A bitter taste in the mouth

-Bad breath

-A swollen neck


-Redness and swelling in the gums

-A swollen jaw

-An open and draining sore on the gum tissue

If you experience these symptoms, it’s important to call A. Agustin Vega at 360-943-5551 right away and schedule an appointment with Dr. A. Agustin Vega. When you come to our office, you can expect to have one or more treatments: a root canal treatment, tooth extraction, or an incision in the gums. After your treatment, your dentist will give you antibiotics to help you fight the infection.

For more information on a dental abscess in Olympia, Washington, please call A. Agustin Vega when you can. Again, you can reach us at 360-943-5551, and our dental team will be happy to help you!