An abscess is a collection of pus. It occurs as a result of an inflammatory response to bacteria, parasites or foreign bodies such as a splinter. It's the body's way of responding to a threat. A large number of white blood cells will be drawn into the area in an attempt to kill or eliminate the threat. A wall of cells forms around the source of infection in an attempt to isolate it. This can occur anywhere in the body.
You may notice pain when you bite or push on the affected tooth. In many cases the pain can become incredibly severe. Abscesses occur on teeth that are dead. So, you may not notice any temperature sensitivity.
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|Dog afflicted with a tooth abcess|