The Hidden Dangers of A Tooth Infection

Posted by AESTHETIC DENTISTRY on Sep 22 2021, 09:13 PM

The Hidden Dangers of A Tooth Infection

Sometimes, we don’t take as great care of our teeth as we should, and sometimes despite our best efforts, we get tooth problems. From cavities to chips and cracks, there is no shortage of tooth ailments. But one particular problem, a tooth infection, may be more dangerous than you think. Unfortunately, when left untreated, tooth infections can lead to everything from root canals to pulled teeth, to even death. Yes, a tooth infection can become so bad that it could cost you your life. Here’s why you should always take a tooth infection seriously.

A tooth infection, or a tooth abscess, is an infection where the pulp (the insides) of the tooth becomes infected with bacteria. Generally, it takes months to form, starting usually with an untreated cavity, or a chipped or cracked tooth. From there, the abscess forms, filling with pus and causing the area of gums surrounding the tooth to become painful, red, and swollen. Often people put off seeing a dentist when this occurs because they are afraid of having a root canal, but the sooner Dr. Abelar can assess and treat your infected tooth, the better the prognosis. Sometimes you just need antibiotics and a filling, and todays root canals are not painful or scary like they used to be. Dr. Abelar will make you feel comfortable during the procedure, and pain afterward is mild and tolerable to most people. In fact, many say they feel relief after the procedure, not pain.

If you do have an infected tooth that is left untreated, it can cause many other problems, including:

  • Brain Abscess

A brain abscess is similar to a tooth abscess in that it is caused by pus infecting the brain. A brain abscess is not only painful but can be fatal.

  • Sepsis

Sepsis occurs when the body attempts to fight off infection and ends up damaging its own tissues. Sepsis can be life-threatening.

  • Endocarditis

Endocarditis occurs when the inner lining of the heart becomes inflamed.

  • Necrotizing Fascitis

This condition causes tissue death in the body. 

  • Ludwig’s Angina

An infection of the floor of the mouth caused by bacteria.

If left untreated all of these conditions can turn fatal, so it is extremely important that if you notice anything painful or different about your teeth and gums that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Abelar as soon as possible. This includes if you chip or crack a tooth. It is also important to schedule and keep your regular exams, as this can catch cavities in their early stages, warding off potential infections and keeping you and your mouth safe and healthy!

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