A tooth abscess is a very uncomfortable state in the mouth that can be very painful and have bad outcomes. The source of the abscess can either be an infection of the tooth or an infection of the gums.

An abscess that originates inside a tooth is mostly caused by a cavity that has grown and that has reached the pulp chamber where the nerve is located. When a cavity is big enough to reach the pulp chamber and cause an abscess, there are good chances that the tooth is weakened and might break easily.

If an abscess originates from the gums, the infection can be limited to the gums or can also reach the teeth. Gum disease does not break a tooth apart, but when it reaches an advanced state it can cause tooth loss!

The information above should be used as a reference only. Any medical decision should not be taken before consulting a health care professional.

The masculine gender may have been more used in the article, but without prejudice, to make reading easier.

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