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A 42-year-old female asked:

the top of my head has been hurting for several days now. it's not blood pressure. i need dental work. could infection from teeth have spread to brain?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Get help now!: I would think that one should not wait several days with head pain before seeing a physician. While dental infections can spread to the brain, i doubt that is true in your case. However, why don't you see your dentist, physician, or go to the er of a local hospital rather than spending time on the internet asking questions?
Dr. Kraig Stetzer
Dentistry 21 years experience
Get exam immediately: It is rare for infections from the teeth to travel to the brain, but not impossible. I cannot speculate on your condition without an exam, but i recommend you seek one soon. Infected teeth can cause many other problems that can be systemic besides going to the brain. If you feel that your infected teeth are bad enough to cause brain issues, then you should seek help regardless.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Prosthodontics 19 years experience
Unlikely: See your dentist asap.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Maybe, maybe not...: I would definitely have your head pain evaluated very soon. I would not want to find out there is something much more major going on than a tooth problem. Please get a thorough evaluation.

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