A dental abscess is a pus accumulation inside the teeth, in the gums, or in the bone that holds the teeth in place, caused by a bacterial infection.
Dental abscesses are frequently painful but not in all cases. Painful or not, they should be looked at by a dentist.
A dental abscess requires urgent dental care because, if not treated promptly, the infection can spread from the root of the tooth and to the entire body.
Abscesses don’t go away on their own, and they can sometimes spread to other parts of the body and make you ill.