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Complications of Tooth Infections

Woman with tooth painTooth infections are cause for concern for many reasons. They are painful and can put your tooth at risk. However, if you allow a tooth infection to go untreated, it can become dangerous and even life-threatening.

Tooth Infection

A tooth infection, sometimes known as a tooth abscess, is a pocket of infection that forms in a tooth, often because of a bacterial infection in the mouth. These infections can occur anywhere on any of your teeth and will not be treated without treatment by a professional. Infections in the teeth are most often caused by untreated dental cavities or an injury to the teeth or mouth. It’s important to catch a tooth infection early on because otherwise, the damage will spread.

Symptoms of a Tooth Infection 

Below are a few of the most common symptoms of an abscess in the tooth:

  • Toothache that continues to worsen
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Facial swelling on the same side as the affected tooth
  • Pain when pressure is applied to the tooth
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or jaw

A tooth infection is treated by cleaning all the pus from the infected site, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the area, and then sealing the tooth to prevent future infections. Severe enough abscesses may require root canal therapy or the removal of the affected tooth.

Health Problems Caused by an Untreated Dental Infection 

If the bacterial infection in the tooth is allowed to spread to the jaw, neck, or brain, it can become life-threatening. A few other rare, but serious complications include sepsis, septicemia, meningitis, Ludwig’s angina, or a brain abscess. These are incredibly serious medical conditions that may result in death.

The best way to protect yourself is to practice good oral hygiene and know the symptoms of a tooth infection. Here at Endodontic Specialists, we can perform root canal therapy on infected teeth, saving the tooth from being removed and preventing any serious medical complications. Our offices are located in Colorado Springs North and Pueblo, Colorado.

Posted on May 24, 2018
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