With a tooth infection, pus builds up around the tooth’s root. A nerve travels through the root, so the pressure from the pus irritates the nerve, causing sharp and throbbing pain. Abscesses can grow quickly, affecting nearby teeth, the gum tissue, jaw bone and soft tissues of your cheek or lips. We offer prompt treatment for tooth infections, including draining the pus and providing antibiotics. If you need cosmetic care after the infection is gone, we can also help you with that.