Tooth abscess

Periapical abscess; Dental abscess; Tooth infection; Abscess - tooth

A tooth abscess is a buildup of infected material (pus) in the center of a tooth. It is an infection caused by bacteria.

Tooth anatomy

The structure of the tooth includes dentin, pulp and other tissues, blood vessels and nerves imbedded in the bony jaw. Above the gum line, the tooth is protected by the hard enamel covering.

Causes

Symptoms

Exams and Tests

Treatment

Outlook (Prognosis)

Possible Complications

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention