How is an Abscessed Tooth Treated?

Abscesses are caused by bacterial infections or inflammation in the pulp (soft tissues) of the tooth that are not treated in a timely manner. If the infection progresses, an abscess will develop in the gums by the tooth or at the root of the tooth.


Common symptoms include: sensitivity, swelling, a marble-like bump on your gums, or toothache that throbs or becomes worse when you change position.

If you have a dental abscess, our dentist will recommend prompt treatment to get the infection under control. This reduces the risk to adjacent teeth.


In most cases, a root canal treatment is necessary. During a root canal treatment, the interior of the tooth is accessed, and the root canals are cleaned. This removes the diseased or infected tissues, which are not necessary for the health and function of the tooth.

After shaping and further cleaning the root canals, a medicated material is placed to continue the healing process. A follow up visit is needed to have the root canals sealed and the tooth restored, which is usually done using a dental crown.

After Treatment

Once infected tissues are removed, you will notice an immediate improvement in the severity of pain. Some inflammation and tenderness may continue for a day or two as the infection subsides. In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed.

If you have symptoms of an abscessed tooth, quick action will prevent further damage. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist.