Symptoms of a dental abscess

Symptoms of a dental abscess

Symptoms of an abscess in your tooth or gum may include:

  • an intense, throbbing pain in the affected tooth or gum that may come on suddenly and gets gradually worse 
  • pain that spreads to your ear, jaw and neck on the same side as the affected tooth or gum 
  • pain that's worse when lying down, which may disturb your sleep 
  • redness and swelling in your face 
  • a tender, discoloured and/or loose tooth 
  • shiny, red and swollen gums 
  • sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink 
  • bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste in your mouth


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