Another type of dental emergency is a tooth abscess. Tooth abscesses occur when a tooth develops a pocket of pus due to a bacterial infection. It can occur either at the tip of the tooth root or in the gums on the side of a tooth. It’s usually caused by an untreated cavity, poor oral hygiene, high sugar diet, dry mouth, or injury. Symptoms include fever, throbbing pain in the tooth, temperature sensitivity, pressure sensitivity, or swelling in the face or cheek. If the abscess ruptures, you will likely experience a sudden rush of foul-tasting and smelling salty fluid in your mouth and the sensation of immediate pain relief. If you believe you have a tooth abscess, please contact us immediately.