Dental Abscess Treatments in Los Angeles

George B. Shinn Jr., DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351 | General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636

George B. Shinn Jr.
DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351
General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636


Mon 9 am - 6 pm

Tue 9 am - 6 pm

Wed 9 am - 6 pm

Thur 9 am - 6 pm

Fri 9 am - 5 pm

Sat 3rd Saturday of each month 10 am - 4 pm

Sun Closed

What is an abscessed tooth?

An abscessed tooth is simply one that has been infected. This infection can be either at the root of a tooth or the gum line of the tooth.


A dental abscess is usually the result of severe tooth decay. The infection may also develop as the result of an injury which allowed bacteria to infect the tooth. This is common in contact-sport athletes. Injuries, trauma, and severe decay all create pathways in the tooth enamel. The pathways expose dentin, an underlying dental tissue, to bacteria. Unlike enamel, dentin is unable to cope with bacteria. This causes an infection that can spread to the pulp and tooth roots.


An abscess is characterized by a severe and ongoing tooth ache. Other symptoms include:

  • Painful chewing
  • Sharp pain
  • Redness and swelling of the gums
  • Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • throbbing
  • Foul smell to the breath
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Pus localized at a sore on the gums
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Fever


Dr. Shinn offers comprehensive care for patients with dental abscesses. He will begin with an examination and questions about painful sensations you may be experiencing. If necessary, the doctor will take x-rays to gain a full perspective of your condition.

The first step to treating the infection is draining pus and bacteria out of the abscess. There are 3 ways the doctor can drain the wound.

  1. Root canal therapy - grants access to the abscess, allowing it to be drained as well as for infected bone structures and dental tissues to be removed.
  2. Tooth Extraction - extraction allows the abscess to be drained via the socket.
  3. Gum Incision - this is the least invasive method but is not a possible treatment for all patients.