Jefferson University Hospitals

Dental Infections

If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the face, neck or jaws, you may have a dental infection and should seek help immediately. Oral surgeons at Jefferson can assist in diagnosing and treating your infection and may recommend surgical treatment of the infected area.

A dental infection (also known as a dental abscess) can be caused by poor dental health and care, an underlying autoimmune disorder such as Sjögren's syndrome or by a minor trauma to the oral cavity.