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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

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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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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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What are the warning signs that a tooth infection has spread?

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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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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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?

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

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How quickly can a tooth infection (abscess) spread?

How quickly can a tooth infection (abscess) spread?

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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How long does it take for a tooth infection to spread to fetus?

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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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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Can a tooth infection spread to your brain?

Can a tooth infection spread to your brain?

Yes: Yes an abscess can spread. Upper tooth infections can spread to the brain; lower tooth infections can spread to the neck and strangle you or worse, go to your heart. Tooth decay can be very dangerous. See your dentist and have the tooth treated or removed asap. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms if my tooth infection has spread to my brain?

What are the symptoms if my tooth infection has spread to my brain?

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

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How do I know if a tooth infection spread to my brain?

How do I know if a tooth infection spread to my brain?

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

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How do I know if my tooth infection could spread to my brain?

How do I know if my tooth infection could spread to my brain?

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

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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

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I have been feeling numb. Like everything feels like its asleep? And I have an absest on tooth could infection have spread.?

I have been feeling numb. Like everything feels like its asleep? And I have an absest on tooth could infection have spread.?

It depends.: Numbness usually is not common to associate to tooth abscess but it is still possible. Whether it is caused by germs or virus infection, proper differential diagnosis and treatment need to be done by your dental physician or oral facial pain specialist. ...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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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: 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

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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

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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

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

See a dentist ASAP: Any other treatment is a temporary relief. A tooth infection won't go away without treatment. If the abscess doesn't drain, the infection may spread to cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head fast. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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I just wanted to know can abscessed tooth infection spread to your ear?

I just wanted to know can abscessed tooth infection spread to your ear?

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

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Is it rare for tooth infection to spread and cause the throat to swell shut? I am on sulfamethoxazole. Paranoid.

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

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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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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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Is an infection from an abscessed tooth able to spread to the heart or other organs?

Is an infection from an abscessed tooth able to spread to the heart or other organs?

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

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Can you tell me if a tooth infection has spread to lungs then what is the treatment, extraction?

Can you tell me if a tooth infection has spread to lungs then what is the treatment, extraction?

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

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Is it possible for my abscessed tooth infection to spread to my brain?

Is it possible for my abscessed tooth infection to spread to my brain?

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

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If you have an ear infection can it spread to a bad tooth causing an abscess?

If you have an ear infection can it spread to a bad tooth causing an abscess?

No: Abscess is caused by the tooth being infected, an untreated cavity. Ears don't infect teeth. Different problems, different treatments. You need to see both a physician and a dentist, and don't put the appointments off because this can really go south very quickly. ...Read more

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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?

Extraction: 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