Most people are surprised to learn that the oral cavity typically contains over 70 different types of bacteria, some of which are harmless. Others, however, can contribute to dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease. When a “dental abscess” occurs, the buildup of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums is usually the result of a bacterial infection. In cases where tooth decay creates openings in the tooth that can lead all the way to the softer layer of tissue under the enamel called “dentine,” bacteria penetrate the soft inner pulp of the tooth, which becomes infected. Otherwise, bacterial buildup in the periodontal pocket surrounding teeth may lead to a “periodontal (gum) abscess.” Severe pain usually needs immediate treatment.

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P.S. An abscess of the soft pulp of the tooth is treated with a root canal, while periodontal abscesses are drained and the periodontal pocket cleaned.