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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

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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 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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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 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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I'm curious, how long would it take for an untreated tooth infection to finally spread to the heart and brain?

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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Would I know if tooth infection went to brain?

Would I know if tooth infection went to brain?

Symptoms: Likely headache, stiff neck, fever, lethargy, confusion, nausea, vomiting. If you think there is a possibility, go to ER NOW. ...Read more

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How would I know if I had a brain abcess from a tooth infection?

How would I know if I had a brain abcess from a tooth infection?

Hospital: If you had a brain abscess you'd probably already be hospitalized. Infection from an infected tooth can spread quickly to other organ systems, so it's important to have the infected tooth treated. Antibiotics, pain killers, salves, mouthwashes, lotions, creams, snake oil, homeopathic concoctions, will not "cure" infected tooth. Must see Dentist ASAP for Rx. Call NOW to make appointment. ...Read more

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Can your brain be affected by tooth infection?

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 more

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Can a tooth infection affect any part of your body like heart or brain?

Can a tooth infection affect any part of your body like heart or brain?

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

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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?

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

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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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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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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 am taking clindamycin for a tooth infection. I read it commonly causes c.Diff. What is it? Symptoms? How do I know if I get it?

I am taking clindamycin for a tooth infection. I read it commonly causes c.Diff. What is it? Symptoms? How do I know if I get it?

GI overgrowth: Clostridium difficile (c.Diff) is a bacteria that can over-populate the GI tract when "nicer" organisms are killed off by antibiotic therapy. It results in diarrhea (usually yellowish, frequent and very foul smelling). It is not too common, but a risk. Eating live-culture yogurt during treatment can often help keep GI flora closer to normal and prevent c. Diff. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a tooth infection on tooth with sealed nerve?

What are the symptoms of a tooth infection on tooth with sealed nerve?

Tooth infection?: Symptoms of any infection are those due to the body's attempts to fight the disease and this creates inflammation. That includes swelling, tenderness, pain, fever, redness, change in tissue so that it becomes hard to the touch. Sorry but do not know what a "sealed nerve" is. ...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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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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Tooth infection symptoms? Can symptoms just be on one side only? When to know you should see dentist.? Can't afford dentist endless really nessary

Tooth infection symptoms? Can symptoms just be on one side only? When to know you should see dentist.? Can't afford dentist endless really nessary

Go to university: Find a dental school close to you and most of them have fees that are significantly lower than going to the dentist. Also you get the faculty to help with proper diagnosis and over see the treatment. The only downside is spending half a day there for a simple filling, but is a great option for good treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a tooth infection for years and not know it? One that causes symptoms but isn't glaringly obvious. Tooth nerve is probably dead

Is it possible to have a tooth infection for years and not know it? One that causes symptoms but isn't glaringly obvious. Tooth nerve is probably dead

Yes: 50% of all infected teeth I treat are chronic, asymptomatic abscesses. These can become symptomatic (acute) at anytime. Hence, get them treated when diagnosed, regardless of the presence of pain! ...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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more