A dental abscess is a collection of pus in or around the tooth and can be a very debilitating and painful condition.
If you think you have a dental abscess then you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Regular analgesia should be the first option to treat a dental abscess. Take painkillers to ease the discomfort. Ibuprofen is the preferred painkiller for dental abscesses, but if you're unable to take it for medical reasons, then take paracetamol instead. It is important to read the information with the painkillers to ensure you take them safely.
Please contact your dentist first. If you are having difficulties in accessing an emergency dental appointment, then in the meantime, we may be able to prescribe an emergency antibiotic if clinically appropriate.
Please see the Common Treatments section below for further information.