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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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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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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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Why does a tooth abscess not spread and cause an infection of the other teeth?

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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Can my tooth infection spread to my heart and kill me?

Can my tooth infection spread to my heart and kill me?

Theoretically: Dental infections can put bacteria into the bloodstream which have the potential to infect the lining of the heart (endocarditis), and this has the possibility of a fatal outcome. Most often you need to have prior damage to the heart lining for this to occur, although less often, not. Get your dental infection treated. ...Read more

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I have a really bad abscessed tooth (can the infection spread to my bone and my face?

I have a really bad abscessed tooth (can the infection spread to my bone and my face?

Yes: This needs to be seen by a dentist asap. Not only can it spread to bone and soft tissues adjacent to the involved teeth, but it can also spread to the brain and potentially into the blood stream and create heart valve infection. Get this taken care of, and wish you well. ...Read more

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