Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is an infection around your tooth. It may be caused by holes or damage to the tooth (cavity) or a dental disease. An abscessed tooth causes mild to very bad pain in and around the tooth. See your dentist right away if you have tooth or gum pain.

HOME CARE

  • Take your medicine as told. Finish it even if you start to feel better.

  • Do not drive after taking pain medicine.

  • Rinse your mouth (gargle) often with salt water (¼ teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of warm water).

  • Do not apply heat to the outside of your face.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • You have chills and a very bad headache.

  • You have problems breathing or swallowing.

  • Your mouth will not open.

  • You develop puffiness (swelling) on the neck or around the eye.

  • Your pain is not helped by medicine.

  • Your pain is getting worse instead of better.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.