The most common infection in the oral area is the abscess, caused by one or several infected teeth. Its symptoms are severe swelling and redness in the area. It is painful and sometimes is accompanied by fever and general discomfort. In most cases, when treated in its early stages, an abscess can go away by taking the prescribed antibiotics and root canal treatment of the infected tooth.

The extent of the abscess along with the severity of the symptoms will dictate if any further treatment such as abscess draining of tooth extraction (when a tooth can no longer be treated) is needed.