Periodontal Abscess

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory-bacterial destruction of the supporting structures of the tooth. Severe exacerbations may result in localized periodontal abscesses.


  • Patient may experience continuous localized pain
  • Tooth is loose and sensitive to touch
  • Overlying gum may be red or swollen
  • Fistulized abscesses may drain through the periodontal pocket or through the gums
  • Cellulitis may also occur

Treatment & Referral

  • Referral to oral health provider for evaluation and initial treatment of lesion. Referral to periodontist may be indicated
  • Analgesics
  • Antibiotics if concurrent cellulitis is present