Dental abscesses can be very painful and costly to treat if allowed to sit long enough. They can progress from a simple tooth infection to other areas which can be life threatening at times.
A tooth with a dental abscess either needs a root canal or it needs to be removed to prevent further infection spread and pain!
Oral surgeons are highly equipped to drain infections that may have spread to more life threatening locations such as the airway.
Next time you have a tooth ache or a bump on the gum see your dentist or oral surgeon right away!