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what's the worst that can happen with a toothache and swollen face?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Bad things: It can potentially be fatal. Do not underestimate the seriousness of an abscessed tooth that has already caused facial swelling. Get to your dentist asap.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Death: Unfortunately there have been reported deaths attributable to an untreated tooth abscess draining into the brain region. This is definitely a condition not to ignore.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Death: Unlikely, but not impossible. Before antibiotics were discovered, dental infections were one of the leading causes of death. Have it taken care of.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Death: Unchecked infection in the upper jaw can spread through pathways to the brain! Lower jaw infections can spread to the heart the same way! Unless drainage was established and elimination of the source of infections,people died from these ailments. During Medieval time they used primitive means to extract offending teeth. Cavemen knocked out teeth with rocks! Fortunately you can see you dentist to

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Last updated Jan 21, 2019

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