Infection (Dental Abscess)

Dental abscesses originated in or near a tooth.

Dental abscesses or infections result when bacteria infects the soft tissue of the teeth or gums. Abscesses can form in three areas: (1) in the gum tissue surrounding the tooth, (2) in the supportive tissue of the tooth, or (3) in the soft pulp of the tooth.  Symptoms commonly associated with infections include sensitivity and a bad taste in the mouth.  In many cases, endodontic treatment (root canal therapy) is used to treat dental abscesses.