Abscessed Tooth is a very painful chronic tooth infection that can happen to anyone. It is at the root of your tooth or it is between your tooth and your gums either way it is painful. It is most likely caused by very bad tooth decay. It can also be caused by very serious gum disease. A very severe toothache that is not going away in a reasonable time period may mean that you may have an abscessed tooth. It may also mean that you have a different tooth problem.
The most common symptoms of having a tooth abcess are: fever, pain when trying to chew your food, bitter taste in your mouth, swollen neck glands, swelling of your gums and an open draining sore on the side of the gum. You may have some or all of these symptoms. Your dentist may be able to tell just by looking at it or you may need an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis for sure. Usually it will be very noticeable. I have known someone that had one of these and about one half of his face was very swollen. He was also in a lot of pain with it.
Typical Treatment of an abscessed tooth is by draining the abscess by a root canal, also pulling the tooth will also eliminate the pain and abcess. Antibiotics are given to fight infection and are very much needed for this problem. Also it is suggested that you take an anti inflammatory like ibuprofen or Aleve to help with the pain of this condition. If the abscess is really bad you may have to take the antibiotics before the dentist even treats the abscess.