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.
It can happen. If you have significant heart valve disease, or serious congenital heart disease, as dr. Raff noted you can get endocarditis from a dental infection. Endocarditis is serious and requires weeks of IV antibiotics and often heart valve surgery. It can be fatal.

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What is the probablity of a abscessed tooth infection going to my heart and killing me?

Low. Infections of the heart are rare, but any infection can spread. It is best to take of it early. 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...
Theoretically yes. If left ignored abscessed tooth, can eventually cause a condition called septicemia , which is circulation of the infectious bacteria in your blood stream targeting weak or sick organs like for example a heart pacemaker or a heart that had a previous surgery. Read more...
Death by tooth? Yes! The most likely path for a deadly tooth infection is through the brain, not the heart although both are possible. While I can't give the % probability, here's a case that was just in the literature this week: http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=nws&sub=rad&pag=dis&ItemID=315703&wf=1862#.U3ExOacRDRE.facebook. Read more...

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

Impossible. While this scenario is definitely possible, there is absolutely no way to predict or quantify the risk. Please do not be the test case. If you have an infection get to the doctor to get it treated. Read more...
Probably never but. If you already had a bad infection, especially if you were not already on antibiotics, it only takes minutes. To clarify this for you, bacteria from an infection in your jaw could travel in the blood stream to other parts of your body within a minutes. However, that is not to say they would produce a serious problem. Your body's defense mechanisms are always active to defend against such attacks. Read more...
Uncertain. There is no real time frame for this for all people. Best to get the infection treated as soon as possible. Read more...
Depends. The anatomy of where the infection is will dictated the pace of reaching the brain cavity in particular. While the heart is at some level of risk for a spreading infection systemically, most deaths from infected teeth were attributable to brain infections. 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...

Severe aniexty tooth infection had antibiotics very dizzy heart palps scared I have myocarditis?

Pain. Please see your dentist ASAP. Tooth infections are not to be left unattended. Although they can be serious seldom do they lead to myocarditis as this is caused by a virus and not by the bacteria infecting your tooth. Read more...

How could I tell or suspect tooth infection is spreading. Ie to brain, heart, blood stream, down into throat.?

See a dentist. See a dentist who can evaluate you, whether or not you have a dental infection and what treatment and precautions are indicated. This is not something that we can evaluate and assess over the internet. Read more...
Obvious signs. of systemic toxicity, such as chills and spiking fevers and classic local signs of tooth infection, like swelling and pain. Read more...
Spreading . Hard to tell. If you are experiencing worse symptoms, pain swelling then it could be spreading. Make sure you see a doctor or that you are on an antibiotic. . Read more...

Can a tooth infection affect ur heart rate, make u feel dizzy, cheek numbness, tongue numbness?

Absolutely. The infection can cause a fever that does all these things. You should see a dentist before things get too serious. Read more...
Potentially. But if you are having these symptoms, you should really be in a dentist office to be evaluated. These infections can be fatal. Read more...