An infection (abscess) of a tooth or the gums can start out small, but can quickly become quite severe, even requiring hospitalization, if not attended to properly.

Be sure to follow these instructions faithfully.  The success of fighting the infection is dependant largely on how closely you follow them.  If you have any questions or problems, call  your dentist.

Even when following these instructions, it may take at least 24 hours for the infection and discomfort to stop increasing.  If you don't get significant improvement within 48 hours, or if it continues to get worse after 24 hours, call your dentist.