A dental abscess is one of the many reasons that you may have to see your dentist, apart from decay, bad breath, or bleeding gums. An abscess is a cavity or sac filled with pus, bacteria, fluid and other micro-organisms.
A periodontal abscess also called lateral abscess, or parietal abscess is a localized collection of pus within the tissues of the periodontium. Gum abscess is a type of a dental abscess. The gum abscess involves only the gingiva of the gums.
A dental abscess is a collection of pus that can form inside the teeth, in the gums, or in the bone that holds the teeth in place. The bacteria present in our mouth acts on the carbohydrates consumed and produce acid. This acid causes dental decay, which can progress into the deeper layers of the tooth.