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.