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A 39-year-old member asked:

what to do if i have got an infection in my wisdom tooth?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Calvert
Dentistry 36 years experience
Get it extracted: For any other tooth it would be advisable to try and save the tooth. A wisdom tooth can be removed and you won't miss it. Now, if the tooth or teeth directly in front of that wisdom tooth are missing, then there may be reasons to keep. See your dentist for the best evaluation and diagnosis.
Dr. Harvey Shandler
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 46 years experience
See your local dds: You will need to see your local dentist who can evaluate you and perhaps take an x-ray to determine if you have a wisdom tooth problem or is it something else that needs to be treated.

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Is an infection in a wisdom tooth life threatning ?

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
No good infections.: If you believe you have an oral infection then the best thing to do is see a dentist. They can give more answers and if need be...Give an antibiotic. Any infection could be life threatening depending on your general health and your body's ability to fight it off. Still, the easiest way to get an answe is go to the doctor's office and don't rely on this or a phone diagnosis.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Great answer from Dr. Sandroff. The results of dental infection not appropriately managed can result in sinusitis, necrotizing fasciitis, meningitis, brain abscess, periorbital cellulitis and other fun illnesses.
Jul 27, 2012
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are some signs of infection after wisdom tooth exctracted?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 41 years experience
Pain and Swelling: Pain and excessive swelling plus elevated temperature are the most commons signs. Some swelling and pain is expected. The skin in area of the swelling may be warm to the touch as well.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can my front tooth be saved from infection?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Sure...if?: Any tooth can be saved if it's not too far gone either by decay or bone loss. You don't give specifics about your front tooth so the best way to diagnose its chances is to get to the dentist of your choice.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is smoking with a missing tooth making the infection worse?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Affects healing: If you are referring to a recently extracted tooth socket, then it will delay the healing and possibly contribute to a dry socket complication. You should have recieved instructions telling you not to smoke until healing completed. The heat, and chemicals are a deterrant to healing and the sucking action can pull the blood clot out and you can get a dry socket. Hope this helps.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can an infection from a wisdom tooth lead to a swollen tonsil?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes: An infected upper wisdom tooth can drain toward the tonsils if it is severe enough but you would have had to live with some awful pain and swelling before it got to that point. If you suspect a tooth infection don't wait to see the dentist. There are a number of other more common reasons that tonsils become swollen such as strep throat, the common cold, or everyday household dust.

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