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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Board Certified, Dentistry
38 years in practice
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What are the warning signs that a tooth infection has spread?

Dr. Stephen Gordon
Board Certified, Dentistry
38 years in practice
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What are the warning signs that a tooth infection has spread?

Usually swelling: Whenever a tooth has an infection, you need to see a dentist to treat the cause of the problem. Antibiotics may treat the symptoms but not the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Board Certified, Orthodontics
48 years in practice
17M people helped
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If you have a tooth infection how long will it take to spread?

Dr. Arnold Malerman
Board Certified, Orthodontics
48 years in practice
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If you have a tooth infection how long will it take to spread?

As we speak: The longer you wait, the greater the risk. Mild chronic infections have a nasty way of becoming severe acute infections at the most inopportune time. The longer you wait, the more tooth damage, the more complex (expensive) the "fix." You need to be on antibiotics to limit stead of infection until Dentist can treat (eliminate) the cause of infection. Please call Dentist NOW. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
23M people helped
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How quickly can a tooth infection spread?

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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How quickly can a tooth infection spread?

Pretty quick: Sometimes the tooth infection can spread quickly and require immediate attention. If your dentist is unavailable and there is a fever, swelling in the face, or swelling in the jaw, a visit to the emergency room or urgent care is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
13 years in practice
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Can tooth infections spread?

Dr. Ronald Achong
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
13 years in practice
5M people helped
Can tooth infections spread?

Yes: Tooth infections can spread very easily and rapidly. See a dentist and get treated asap. The infection can spread underneath the tongue, to the back of the throat and sometimes up your face and around the eye depending on the location of the infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Lon Kessler
Board Certified, Dentistry
137K people helped
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Can a tooth infection be fixed by extracting the tooth even after the infection has spread?

Dr. Lon Kessler
Board Certified, Dentistry
137K people helped
Can a tooth infection be fixed by extracting the tooth even after the infection has spread?

Yes: I would first try to save the tooth if possible. Sometimes an antibiotic may be prescribed depending upon severity of infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Stelmach
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
34 years in practice
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How quickly can a tooth infection (abscess) spread?

Dr. Thomas Stelmach
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
34 years in practice
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Very fast: It depends on a lot of factors such as how strong your immune system is, how agressive the bacteria are, and the location of the tooth. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Board Certified, Dentistry
31 years in practice
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How long does it take for a tooth infection to spread to fetus?

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Board Certified, Dentistry
31 years in practice
6M people helped

See dentist asap: It is important to treat your dental abcess as soon as possible. Any infection can effect both your health and that of your baby. Most dental procedures are safe to perform during pregnancy so don't wait. Call a dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Board Certified, Cardiology
18 years in practice
993K people helped
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Can penicillin prevent the spread of a tooth infection?

Dr. Nassir Azimi
Board Certified, Cardiology
18 years in practice
993K people helped
Can penicillin prevent the spread of a tooth infection?

Yes: A tooth infection if left unadressed can cause other problems and lead to abscess formation, bacteria in the blood and even heart valve infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
44 years in practice
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Dr. Jonathan Richards
Board Certified, Endodontics
13 years in practice
326K people helped
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Why does a tooth abscess not spread and cause an infection of the other teeth?

Dr. Jonathan Richards
Board Certified, Endodontics
13 years in practice
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Why does a  tooth abscess not  spread and cause an infection of the other teeth?

You're right...: Most tooth abscesses rarely affect adjacent teeth. This is a remarkable sign of a healthy immune system that can hold the infection 'at bay.' the infection tends affect the supporting bone and not destroy blood supply or nerves. If the cause of the infection is removed (extraction or root canal) our bodies can heal the affected bone while the blood/nerves still survive. Amazing isn't it? ...Read more

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