Tooth abscesses are often painful, but they aren't always. In any case, they should be examined by a dentist. It is important to seek help as soon as possible, because abscesses do not go away on their own. Sometimes, they can spread to other parts of the body and cause you to get sick.
A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur in different areas close to the tooth for different reasons. A periapical abscess occurs at the tip of the root. A periodontal abscess (Per-e-o-Don-Tul) occurs in the gums on the sides of the tooth root.
The information here is about periapical abscesses. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day, and regular dental checkups can help prevent tooth decay and abscesses. People with dental abscesses are often prescribed painkillers and, in the doctor's opinion, antibiotics to fight the infection. If the abscess ruptures, the pain can improve a lot, making you think that the problem has disappeared, but that you still need dental treatment.
You can reduce your risk of developing a tooth abscess if you visit your dentist routinely and have regular dental exams and cleanings. These infections are common in people with poor dental health and are the result of a lack of proper and timely dental care.