How to Tell If you Have An Abscessed Tooth

Just like an onion, there are many different layers of a tooth. There’s the top layer: the enamel, the middle layer: the dentin, and the bottom layer: the pulp. If bacteria seeps through all the layers of the tooth and into the pulp, it can cause an abscess to occur. This abscess can cause extreme swelling and inflammation near the root of the pulp; leaving you in a whole lot of pain and discomfort. So, how can you tell if you have an abscessed tooth? From extreme pain to swollen lymph nodes, this article will list a few symptoms to be wary of. Read on to learn more.

Extreme Pain in the Mouth

If you have ever had a cavity, you know that the strong, dull pain, although painful, isn’t considered to be extreme. If, however, you start to experience severe pain in your mouth that just won’t go away, then this is an indication that you have an abscessed tooth.

Swelling in Neck or Face

Another large indication that you have an abscessed tooth is random swelling in the neck or face that is accompanied by severe pain. Sometimes, if the abscess has gotten really bad, it can cause severe inflammation.


When your body is fighting any infection, it has to work in overdrive; resulting in you running a fever. If you have noticed that your temperature is higher than normal, this is your body’s way of telling you that you have an infection.

Tender, Swollen Lymph Nodes

Your lymph nodes are located under your jawline, right by your neck. To see if your lymph nodes are tender or swollen, take your index and middle finger and gently feel around your throat. If they are swollen or tender to the touch, then this is another sign you have an abscessed tooth.

If left untreated, the infection caused by an abscessed tooth can spread throughout your neck and into your head. If you have been suffering from extreme pain, have swelling in your neck or face, are running a fever, and have tender, swollen lymph nodes, contact Dr. Janice Scott right away.



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