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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

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...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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Can a tooth infection hurt you collar bone?

Can a tooth infection hurt you collar bone?

Maybe: Never say never. It is very unlikely, but not out of the question. See a dentist asap for the infected tooth and when infection clears up and pain in collar bone disappears, then maybe it was a direct correlation. ...Read more

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Will augmentin take car of a jaw bone infection if I have one im taking it for tooth infection in panic spreading to all facial bones what the chances?

Will augmentin take car of a jaw bone infection if I have one im taking it for tooth infection in panic spreading to all facial bones what the chances?

Not by itself: Antibiotics like augmentin will suppress the symptoms of an infection but only the appropriate dental procedure will really solve the problem. You need a good diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection as the result of bad wisdom tooth infection bone/fracutre cause spine infection? Is there barrier between spinal fluid and sinus?

Can sinus infection as the result of bad wisdom tooth infection bone/fracutre cause spine infection? Is there barrier between spinal fluid and sinus?

No: Bad sinus disease if left untreated can cause intracranial infection or even brain abcess. The infection erodes through the bone and covering of the brain. This can cause meningitis, but not necessarily spine infection. ...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 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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Can a tooth infection cause pain under the jaw I'm on clindmaycin and ibproufen scared it's spread?

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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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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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 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 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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I treat a tooth infection?

How can I treat a tooth infection?

Go to Dentist: If your tooth is infected, then you risk have severe pain and infection traveling to other parts of the body. There is no real home treatment for tooth infections and usually you will need to visit the dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a severe tooth infection. What are my options?

I have a severe tooth infection. What are my options?

Dental Treatment: Is the only option for your dental care. Take NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen) OTC and see your dentist ASAP for evaluation, x-rays and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can I drink alchohol if I have a tooth infection?

Can I drink alchohol if I have a tooth infection?

Not a good idea!: If you have been diagnosed with a dental infection, you were probably given some antibiotics? Some antibiotics such as Metronidazole should never be taken with alcohol. Also, are you taking any pain meds for pain related to the infection? Alcohol should not be consumed with several pain meds including otc pain meds such as tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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I have flagyl. Would that work for a tooth infection?

I have flagyl. Would that work for a tooth infection?

Flagyl: It is unwise to use any antibiotic for purposes other than those for which the medication was originally prescribed. Go to the dentist. ...Read more

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Why do I have pain in my neck from a tooth infection?

Swollen Glands?: The infection my swell and/or glands in the area of the infection may swell in response to the infection. If the infection is in a lower teeth, your neck may hurt. Please contact you dentist. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Infection (Definition)

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Toothache (Definition)

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