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what are the symtoms of a dental abscess? i'm unsure if i have one or not. i have pain in my gum and tooth when pressed. there is no constant pain; it's only when the gum is pressed it hurts. what does an abcess feel like?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Davidson
Periodontics 51 years experience
Sounds like abscess: It sounds like an early dental abscess. As the abscess gets larger it will hurt even when you don't press on the tooth. See your dentist. You may need a root canal or extraction.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Your symptoms could: Be from an abscess (infection) or a cracked tooth or root, or something else. Don't try to guess what it might be. Find out what it is by seeing a dentist for a definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Can be abscess : Pain with pressure is one of the symptoms of a dental abscess . There can also be some redness and swelling. This will not go away by itself and it can progress with increasing pain and seriousness. You should see a dentist for treatment.
Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 44 years experience
Swelling: An acute dental abscess of either periodontal or root canal origin distinguish themselves with swelling. A chronic abscess exhibits a point of drainage called a sinus track. Pressure sensitivity can be caused by a host of problems. It would be best for you to see your dentist for a comprehensive examination. Good luck.
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 54 years experience
Or at least a problem focused visit!
Oct 1, 2013

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