A tooth abscess is a painful and serious dental emergency. An abscess is a pus producing bacterial infection that causes pain and swelling, which needs immediate attention.
Will the ER drain an abscess?
Often, an abscess is simple and can be drained in the emergency department. Occasionally, abscesses are complicated and require surgical consultation. In some cases, complicated abscesses may be better drained in the operating room.
Is an abscess life threatening?
If left untreated, abscesses can spark an infection that spreads throughout your body, and can be life-threatening.