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A periodontal abscess is a contained infection that involves a larger area of the gum tissue that results in a sac filled with pus. It is the immune system’s way to contain the infection to the infected area and not have it spread to the other parts of the teeth or larger areas of the gums. If left untreated, this could form into a more serious dental problem.


One of the signifiers of a present or looming infection is experiencing a sudden pain when chewing or biting using the tooth near the infected area. Other signs that may confirm the formation of a periodontal abscess are the following:


•    Suspected gum area is red and tender

•    There is a contained swelling in the gum suspected to be infected; it usually dons a shiny surface due to the stretched oral mucosa, which is the thin membrane lining the inside of the mouth

•    There is a present and persistent pain

•    Increased sensitivity of the tooth near the gum area to heat, cold, or applied pressure

•    Sensation of loose teeth is felt near the gum area

•    Foul-smelling and foul-tasting discharge once the abscess ruptures

•    Severe headache

•    Fever

•    Nausea


Once the pus forms, the pressure experienced will increase along with the pain. The only way to relieve the pain caused by abscess is drainage. A periodontal pocket acts as a duct to allow drainage but can often drain the foul-tasting pus into the mouth. While it does hinder the infection from spreading as a cellulitis, the presence of a periodontal pocket can pose another dental threat as it signifies the presence of destroyed tissue and can allow other bacteria to be trapped within the pockets.


Rupture of the pus can be caused by ordinary things like eating, brushing, etc. These activities may also spread the infection when not done carefully. It is important to notice the abscess once it starts forming and seek treatment right away. Based on the list above, if you are experiencing two or more of these symptoms, it is best to consult with your dentist as soon as possible to acquire a formal diagnosis and treatment.