Abscesses and infections


Pain when you bite or chew, especially if it is accompanied by a foul odour and a bad taste, can be a sign of an abscess that needs immediate treatment. An abscessed tooth will cause an unrelenting and spontaneous pain that may last anywhere from 30 seconds to hours at a time. The pain may or may not be triggered by food, heat or cold. It may be accompanied by swelling and you may also experience pain when swallowing.

If you think you may have an abscessed tooth, it's important to see us as soon as possible. One of our gentle, friendly dentists will examine the tooth and discuss the best course of action for you. This may include a course of antibiotics, and of course, we'll sort out any pain and ensure you're comfortable.

In some cases, an abscessed tooth can cause the root of the tooth to die. Because the root of the tooth is where the nerves are, you may begin to notice the pain subside, but it's important to realise that this doesn't mean the infection has gone. In fact, the infection will continue to spread and cause further damage. So it's important to be seen as soon as possible, even if the pain goes away.


If you have any form of swelling in and around your mouth, gums and jaw, it's important to contact us immediately. Infections that cause a fever and/or swelling of the face should be considered an emergency and should be seen that day. In the event that the pain is unbearable and occurs in the middle of the night, please contact our after-hours service on 09 818 8855 for advice.

Contact us today for an appointment.