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Can tooth infections spread?

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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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more

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What are the warning signs that a tooth infection has spread?

What are the warning signs that a tooth infection has spread?

A few signs..: A spreading infection will cause your immune system to kick into high gear... Swelling, warmth to the touch, and increasing pain are some signs. A general feeling of weakness can also indicate systemic spread. Since you know you have a tooth that needs attention, why wait? Things will only get worse really fast. Seek care immediately and feel better soon.. ...Read more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist/oral surgeon for evaluation
Once
Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain or impacted
Once
Take NSAIDs if dealing with pain/swelling from wisdom teeth
Daily
Rinse with warm salty water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth
Daily
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If you have a tooth infection how long will it take to spread?

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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How quickly can a tooth infection spread?

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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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

If they're malpositioned or impacted discuss removal with your dentist
Once
Make sure you take care of them like any other tooth in the mouth
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If removal becomes necessary, see an oral surgeon for consultation
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Can a tooth infection be fixed by extracting the tooth even after the infection has spread?

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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Can penicillin prevent the spread of a tooth infection?

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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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

If partially erupted, keep them clean to prevent a local infection
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If erupted but endangering other teeth, have them removed
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If impacted, have them checked yearly for cysts & if found remove
Yearly

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