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Abscesses and swollen jaw

Abscesses and swollen jaw

Abscess refers to a situation when the jaw gets swollen. It can happen as a result of various underlying problems, such as cavities, infected root canals, diseased gums, or even a broken jaw. In most cases, a dental abscess occurs due to an infection in the center of the tooth. In another way, we can say that a pocket of pus has formed at the tooth root of the jawbone. The treatment of dental abscesses is very important and should be done as soon as possible before the infection spreads further.

Symptoms of dental abscess:

  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Stiff neck or a headache
  • Trouble in breathing or swallowing
  • Fainting and weakness
  • Abnormal drowsiness
  • Spread of swelling to the upper half of the neck or face


To diagnose the abscess, the dentist may use these methods to find out the problem.

Recommend X-RAY:

To help to identify an abscess, X-ray is a common method used by dentists. This method also allows the dentist to understand the amount of infection and how much it has spread. It can also help identify the cause of the abscess.

Tapping on teeth:

A fundamental method of diagnosing an abscess is tapping on the teeth as if a patient has an abscess, and the tooth will be sensitive to pressure and touch.

CT scan:

This method is used mainly to see the extension of the infection.