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Dangers of an Untreated Abscessed Tooth

Posted on 10/20/2019 by Thomas Mahar
Dangers of an Untreated Abscessed Tooth
An abscessed tooth is one of the most painful oral conditions you can experience. When bacteria or plaque have eroded the tooth's enamel and gone into the root or dentin of your tooth, a small patch of pus forms inside the tooth. This causes massive swelling in the area. If it's left untreated, it is dangerous to many areas of your body.

The Seriousness of an Abscessed Tooth

There are far-reaching consequences in avoiding professional help for an abscessed tooth. It can be fatal, left untreated. After reviewing national patient statistics from 2000 to 2008, researchers in Boston found 8,141 people were hospitalized for abscessed teeth. 66 people died after hospitalization.

When left untreated the infection in a lower tooth can spread through your jaw, down your neck, and even to the rear area of your mouth causing swelling. This results in difficulty swallowing or even breathing issues. If the infection is located in an upper tooth, it can spread into the sinuses and eye regions causing migraines and blurry vision.

Treatment of an Abscessed tooth

Some people end up in the hospital because they try to drain their abscess teeth themselves or have a friend or family member that gives those antibiotics, not knowing antibiotics in and of itself won't clear up the infection. Once abscessed, it's a living part of your tooth that will continue to cause infection. To treat the infection it needs to receive a root canal and in some cases, be pulled to stop the infection.

Our office is available to help, whether it's an abscessed tooth or dental work to prevent it. Call us to schedule an appointment. Having simple cleanings performed every six months, as well as the removal of small cavities, it will protect you from experiencing an abscess in the future.

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