Abscess Lower Tooth Jaw Pain

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Definition

A tooth abscess is a collection of infected material (pus) resulting from a bacterial infection in the center of a tooth.


Alternative Names

Periapical abscess; Dental abscess; Tooth infection; Abscess - tooth


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

A tooth abscess is a complication of tooth decay. It may also result from trauma to the tooth, such as when a tooth is broken or chipped. Openings in the tooth enamel allow bacteria to infect the center of the tooth (the pulp). Infection may spread...

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