Does your tooth hurt when exposed to hot and cold temperatures? Do you have a toothache that radiates to the jawbone, neck or ear? Does your breath smell foul or your mouth taste salty when a fluid-like sac ruptures on your gums? If yes, then you could have a dental abscess. These are just some of the obvious signs that your teeth or gums are infected.
A dental abscess is a collection of pus. Pus, which is characterised as a foul-tasting white thick fluid, contains white blood cells, dead tissue and bacteria. An abscess is usually caused by an infection. There are two types of dental abscess. If they are not treated immediately, you may lose the affected tooth or suffer from its serious complications.