Tooth Infections

A tooth infection, also known as a tooth abscess, is a very painful infection that usually occurs at the root of a tooth or between the gum and the tooth. A tooth infection is 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. Regardless of the cause, a tooth infection should be treated immediately. Turn to Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and Dr. Lopez if you require urgent dental in Boulder.

There are several symptoms of a tooth abscess, 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


Please keep in mind 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 tooth 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. Dr. Lopez’s decades of experience and commitment to his patients, their comfort, and their oral health means that you will receive the kind of personalized, thorough care that you deserve. Never let a potential tooth infection linger, or it could develop into a much worse condition.

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.