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Can Your Brain Be Affected By Tooth Infection
It is possible: Our mouths are one of the portals to the rest of our body. Infections in the mouth and around the teeth can spread to the rest of the body. Of course, if you are young and healthy and have a good immune system, this isn't likely. It is the same for any other opportunity for disease to enter the body; through a cut, wound, nasal passages, etc. Just practice good hygiene to keep yourself healthy! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can the damage to the organs that would be caused by hypertension be offset by a slower heartbeat?
Bacterial meningitis: Meningitis can cause damage to the brain by causing an increase in intracranial pressure (compresses the brain) or by other factors. In severe cases or if untreated in a timely fashion, it can result is a number of complications. When the complications are irreversible and the resultant impairment significant, it is considered serious. In severe cases paralysis or death can ensue. ...Read more
Why is it that a gum boil caused by impacted food cannot be corrected by antibiotics and the tooth needs to be pulled. Can bone loss be rebuilt?
Periodontitis: If you are getting food impacted under the gum line in a periodontal pocket on a tooth that has soft tissue and bony morphology that is not predictably treatable with periodontal surgery, then unfortunately extraction of the tooth is indicated. Antibiotics cannot correct these defects. Many techniques available to rebuild bone.. ask your periodontist or oral surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, but this not common. Evidence suggests the infection is not spread by direct extention but through the blood. Signs of brain infection include: unremitting fever, nausea, vomiting, and significant headache. In children, it is more common to have direct extension into the orbit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can sinus infection or other bad symptoms be caused by a rotten tooth that a dentist said should be pulled?
Can you offer more specifics of the type(s) of serious illness that can be caused by an active prolonged infection from tooth decay?
Reversible pulpitis: If the nerve is exposed to decay it becomes inflamed and then infected. Teeth should not hurt to bite on and should not hurt by themselves spontaneously. Reversible pulpitis may Initiated by a stimulus i.e. cold or hot and short duration i.e. 30 seconds or less ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? Which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?
Encephalitis: Brain swelling or edema is a situation in which inflammation, from infection causes brain tissue to swell. It is possible for the swelling to resolve but the course to normal can be very long due to the effect of the infection. Brain paosy refers to weakness or paralysis of the muscles due to an abnormality of brain function. Either can be fatal and either can resolve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Almost all of them: From top to bottom, here is a sample: salivary glands, thyroid, lungs, esophagus, stomach, breast(s), pancreas, intestines, biliary system, ovaries and peritoneum, prostate, uterus, adrenal glands, other glands, skin glands. Secondarily advanced adenocarcinoma from any origin may spread to other locations too: brain, liver, lungs, bone, skin, lymph nodes. ...Read more
Facial swelling: Is possible since fluid accumulation and build up is one of the signs of kidney dysfunction. Se e your physician to evaluate your renal function. ...Read more
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