Tooth Infections

A tooth infection, also known as an abscessed tooth, is a very painful infection that usually occurs at the root of a tooth or between the gum and the tooth. It’s most commonly caused by severe tooth decay, but can also be caused when a tooth is chipped or broken or when you’re already suffering from gingivitis or gum disease.

There are several symptoms of an abscessed tooth, which shouldn’t be ignored. These symptoms include:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
  • Bitter taste
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Foul smelling breath
  • Open sores in the mouth or gums
  • Redness and swelling of the gums
  • Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw


It’s important to remember that even though the pulp inside the root of your tooth may die as a result of the infection, which would make your toothache stop, this doesn’t mean the infection has gone away. The infection will remain active and continue to spread and destroy even more tissue. It’s very important to come in and see Dr. Jose Lopez if you’re experiencing these symptoms.

An abscessed tooth can be prevented as long as you follow good oral hygiene and call our office immediately if you think you may have a cavity or if you experience a chipped or loosened tooth.