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Health Complications of Tooth Infections

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Infections in the teeth can be very painful and put the tooth at risk. However, if left untreated, a tooth infection can become potentially dangerous and may even life-threatening.

Tooth Infections

A tooth infection is a pocket of infection and pus that develops because of a bacterial infection in the mouth. These infections can occur anywhere on the teeth and will absolutely not go away without treatment by a dental professional. Infections in the teeth most commonly form because of untreated dental cavities or a traumatic injury to the teeth. It’s important that tooth infections are caught quickly. Otherwise, the infection can spread.

Symptoms of a Tooth Infection

Common symptoms of an infection in the tooth include the following:

  • New or worsening toothache
  • Swelling of the face
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or sugary foods
  • Sensitivity to pressure put on the affected tooth
  • Fever with no apparent cause
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the jaw or neck

An infection in the tooth is treated by draining the pus and infection from the site, thoroughly cleaning the site and the tooth, and then sealing it up to prevent another infection. If severe enough, root canal therapy may be suggested, or the tooth will be removed altogether.

Health Risks of an Untreated Tooth Infection

If the bacterial infection from an untreated tooth infection spreads to the jaw, neck, or brain, it can become life-threatening. There are a few rare, but very serious complications, including sepsis, Ludwig’s angina, septicemia, a brain abscess, or meningitis. Many of these can cause serious problems, including death.

The best way to prevent tooth infections is to practice good oral hygiene and to recognize and be aware of the symptoms of a tooth abscess. If you’re suffering from the above symptoms and believe that you may have a tooth infection, please contact Severance Dental today. Our office is located here in Severance, Colorado.

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

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