An abscess is the body’s defensive system at work. Pus collects under the skin where a bacterial infection has started. An abscess wall is formed around the pus in an attempt to keep the pus from infecting healthy cells nearby. Usually caused by extensive periodontal disease.
Described as a sharp and or throbbing pain, pressure on the tooth may cause severe pain. Swelling can also appear at the base of the tooth, the gum and also the check. Applying cold packs might help, but you should see a dentist right away.
Left untreated an abscess can perforate bone and may spread infection by leaking pus in the throat and air passage causing suffocation. Run away infection can cause complications with other organs.