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Can Infection Spread From Tooth To Tooth
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
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
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
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
Depends: If the infection has spread beyond the oral cavity and or jaws you may require antibiotics to in addition to having the tooth removed. If you have medical conditions that affects your immune system such as uncontrolled diabetes then it is essential to take antibiotics prior to and after extracting the tooth. ...Read more
Can an infection from an abscessed tooth spread elsewhere in the body? I have an appointment to deal with an abscessed tooth in a week, but am worried that the infection could spread in that amount of time. Do I have anything to be worried about? .
The: The infection can spread and have serious consequences. Call immediately for an emergency appointment. ...Read more
May be many: Headache, changes in mentation or wakefulness, localizing neurologic abnormalities, occasionally fever may accompany brain abscess, but there are several other areas of the "brain" which may be affected. Complications are numerous. This should be cared for by a neurosurgeon and infectious diseases expert in collaboration. ...Read more
Culture the bacteria: Some common symptoms of an abscess in the brain are headache, changes in mental status, muscle or body weakness, speech slurring, nausea, fever, seizures, and or double vision. If you already have a brain abscess, the only way to determine where it came from is to culture it. There are many other causes. Only 25% of brain abscesses come from another part of the body. ...Read more
You don't: You don't know. That's why you need to get the infection treated now. By the time you figure out that the infection has gone that far it's too late. Knowing that the infection could spread to your brain, the question is why would you wait? ...Read more
Can a tooth infection cause pain under the jaw I'm on clindmaycin and ibproufen scared it's spread?
Yes: A lower tooth infection can cause pain below the jaw by either involving the lymph nodes or spreading into the soft tissues under the jaw. If you pain or swelling progresses despite the antiobiotics, you should see an oral surgeon asap. These infections can spread and become life threatening. ...Read more
I have been feeling numb. Like everything feels like its asleep? And I have an absest on tooth could infection have spread.?
Should I continue to use my flonase if the tooth infection has spread and my face hurts because it seems like it is conflictijng with the antibotics?
Assessed tooth just got pulled after 3 months of infection, my cheek is still puffy and my neck hurts, has infection spread? I had a cavity which turned into a crown, the tooth then cracked and was left open while we got the infection under control. Afte
Considering how long you had the infection together with your underlying medical condition, it would suggest that you go back to the dentist who extracted the tooth. It just may be post operative swelling, but it could also be an infection that is spreading.
Please call at once. ...Read more
I'm curious, how long would it take for an untreated tooth infection to finally spread to the heart and brain?
Uncertain: There is no real time frame for this for all people. Best to get the infection treated as soon as possible. ...Read more
If I have a tooth infection or gum infection, how long could it take to spread to jaw and cause bone loss? I have appointment saturday
A tooth abscess: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus, ear and to other areas of your head and neck. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more
Is it rare for tooth infection to spread and cause the throat to swell shut? I am on sulfamethoxazole. Paranoid.
Rare: Dental infections do tend to involve surrounding oral tissues, but severe cases of so-called odontogenic deep neck space infections and cellulitis (e g ludwig's angina) are fortunately uncommon in otherwise healthy folks. Early treatment makes spread of infection less likely, but sulfamethoxazole would not be a first choice. Get rechecked if no improvement, especially for any breathing difficulty. ...Read more
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
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
Very rare. But...: Unless you have damaged or replaced heart valves an infection of the heart from the teeth is quite unusual. If valves are damaged you do need to be extra diligent about your dental health. Dental infections more commonly spread and become life threatening if they get into the throat (closed the airway) or brain. Very severe infections can lead to a general sepsis, but this is less common. ...Read more
SERIOUS!: I hope this hasn't happened to you and it just reinforces the importance of not letting dental or medical problems go untreated. Have your physician treat you medically and for the lung infection and have your dentist discuss your options regarding all your dental needs. Lesson learned. ...Read more
Have had a tooth infection for a month that was diagnosed today. Only symptom was pain under chin and neck. How fast can infection spread to lungs?
Fast: Get in to have this treated immediately. You do not want to risk a mediastinal complication. Good luck. ...Read more
It is possible: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus, brain and to other areas of your head and neck. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more
If you have an abcess tooth and infection spreads into jaw will removing the tooth get rid of remaining infection or does jaw need to be drained?
That should cure the infection, but sometimes antibiotics are also required.
Antibiotics alone will fix not the problem.
Need to be seen and evaluated and treated. ...Read more
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