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Can An Abscessed Tooth Be Saved
A tooth or dental abcess is an infected tooth. The tooth can become infected by a caries ( decay) or by trauma, or through a gum infection or some other way. A tooth abcess may be life threatening so it should be taken care of asap. A dentist will recommend extraction or root ...Read more
Yes: If the infection spreads uncontrollably to other parts of your body it can be difficult to treat. Although this is a very rare possibility in today's world, it was quite common before antibiotic treatment was available. Don't wait, see a dentist for care now. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Unlikely: Dental abscesses usually stay localized around the teeth unless untreated for an extended time. Left untreated they can spread but you would have many other severe symptoms of infection before they caused deafness. If you suspect you have a dental abscess please see your dentist for treatment asap to avoid any other potential problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Extractions: Yes. Teeth can be pulled at any time; however, you should consider what to do about the missing tooth. Just pulling teeth without a plan could cause problems later on with your bite. Man made products are never as good as your own natural tooth so saving teeth if possible is best unless the tooth is beyond repair. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Will facial numbness from an abscessed tooth be treated/gone once extraction will be done? or will it be permanent?
It can: Depending on the condition of the tooth, the shape of the roots, and the skills of the general dentist. Teeth that are previously treated with root canal therapy are very brittle and tend to fracture easily, resulting in the need for a more complex surgical extraction. Surgical extractions are best handled by an oral surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: An abscess near your upper molars can affect your sinuses and possibly your inner ear. Your inner ear has a fluid-filled structure that affects your balance. If the damage or pressure from the abscess is near the inner ear, then you can possibly become lightheaded or unbalanced. ...Read more
YES........: Even if your wisdom teeth aren't causing any pain or other problems, they may cause problems at some point. The most common problems are decay, infection and crowding or damage to other teeth. Teeth next to the wisdom teeth are more prone to developing gum problems. See your dentist to discuss your options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You can get decay under your crown and the crown may need to be replaced. Because you have had a root canal you would not have pain or sensitivity if there is decay in the crowned tooth so make sure you have regular dental care so any problem can be detected early and be fixable so you do not loose your tooth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can a decayes tooth be infected and cause swelling with pain? Can an untreated infected tooth cause heart infection?
Yes: Yes to both. Decaying teeth can cause swelling and pain and may even lead to jaw bone infections. Also, the constant source of infection from an untreated infected tooth is a well known cause of endocarditis, which is the heart infection you are talking about. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Temporarily: Clindamycin, while a great antibiotic will only help to reduce the consequence of the underlying problem. If the gum is swollen around the tooth i would recopmmend that you see a periodontist. If the gum is not swollen and you are in a significant amount of discomfort i would recommend that you see an endodontist.These dentists would resolve the source of the infection to prevent return. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It could be: It depends on the extent of the infection, but an untreated serious infection could lead to massive swelling and airway blockage--this would be life threatening. This usually happens when there has been an infection that has been left untreated for some time and it gradually builds to a serious infection. Any swelling associated with infection should be taken very seriously. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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