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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
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
Remotely possible: In 1900 a common cause of death was from dental infections. Nowadays with antibiotics not so much. But ignored dental infections can cause rapid swelling cutting off your airway and therefore should not be ignored. Your heart could be affected depending on your general health status. ...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
Yes: In rare cases, infections of lower back teeth can allow spread of the infection down the neck, into the chest, and around the heart. This can be deadly. In a different way gum disease (which is an infection around the teeth) can affect the heart as it seeds the bloodstream with the bacteria that cause coronary artery disease--the main cause of heart attacks. ...Read more
Yes.: A tooth infection will invade the jaw bone, which is called an abcess, and from there it can enter the soft tissues and travel to the heart or brain and be life-threatening. ...Read more
My dentist said that a tooth infection hurts. If I have no pain, then I shouldn't be worried about an infection spreading to my brain or heart. True?
Miscommunication: I was not there for your conversation with your dentist but you may have misunderstood what was said. Infections may or may not hurt... they need to be treated regardless. Just because you're not in pain does not mean that you should not worry. Many cancers are painless, but you can die from them. Complications are very rare. Have faith in your healthcare providers. All the best... ...Read more
How could I tell or suspect tooth infection is spreading. Ie to brain, heart, blood stream, down into throat.?
Impacted wisdom tooth. Need to get removed. When push on gums, yellow, smelly discharge comes out around tooth. Infection? Can cause heart problems?
Infection for sure: Yes you have an active infection that can spread every where through your blood stream, actually your brain is closer then your heart. Must remove tooth ASAP and get antibiotics. Call your dentist and schedule immediately. ...Read more
Yes: Dental infections are nothing to ignore. Due to the proximity of the oral cavity to the brain, it is possible that a simple dental infection, if left untreated, could travel to the brain through the various facial spaces and lead to death. This is very rare, but people have died from a simple dental infection. See your dentist. ...Read more
It can: It can spread bacteria to the heart and cause the valves to malfunction. One scary case I had started as a tooth abscess. It progressed to such an infection that the airway was almost completely obstructed. The patient needed a difficult awake tracheostomy placed. Plus tooth abscess hurts a lot. Best see a dentist. ...Read more
Unfortunately, it is: The infected tooth can be fatal. 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. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP ...Read more
Is this a bet?:
Kill you? That's a strange way to look at things! Dental infections can go undiagnosed without care, then get bad in a hurry, and spread to the brain or heart causing death.
To predict how long this takes depends on your immune system, bacterial virulence, and primary location of the infection. It can vary from months to years to days. ...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
Can a decayes tooth be infected and cause swelling with pain? Can an untreated infected tooth cause heart infection?
Yes: Yes to both. Decaying teeth can cause swelling and pain and may even lead to jaw bone infections. Also, the constant source of infection from an untreated infected tooth is a well known cause of endocarditis, which is the heart infection you are talking about. ...Read more
99% sure I have infection in my brain and heart from abscess tooth... What are the tell tale signs of brain abscess and should I go to the ER?
Need exam: If you had brain and heart involvement you wouldn't be sitting at your computer. You would already be at the er. That said, why is the abscessed tooth going untreated? See dentist asap. If you think you are having medical issues, see your physician. 5 most dangerous words in the english language, "maybe it will go away.". ...Read more
Age 69.One of the tooth is partly broken. Can that cause infection and heart my eye and above it?
Yes: A broken down tooth can become infected and the infection can spread if not properly addressed. Get to a dentist asap so it can be contained and not become more serious. ...Read more
Is novocain dangerous for someone w/ a leaking heart valve? They need to have a tooth extracted but are worried about the shot. If someone has a history of having a leaking valve in the heart but needs there tooth pulled out due to an infection and cavity
"Novacaine": "novacaine" is no longer used in dentistry. There are other anesthetics that are available. After your complete medical history is reviewed, it will be evaluated and a proper way to procede will be formulated. Make sure you bring your medical history from your cardiologist so your dentist can review it. ...Read more
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