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If you don't get you wisdom teeth pull an they are infected what can it do to your health?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree
In brief: Big Problems
An infected wisdom may not produce any significant problem except for pain and some mild swelling for some patients.
However, in other patients, an infected wisdom tooth can lead to some very serious problems in others, such as significant swelling in the floor of the mouth and throat that can compromise swallowing and breathing, which can be life threatening. Your surgeon can provide more info.

In brief: Big Problems
An infected wisdom may not produce any significant problem except for pain and some mild swelling for some patients.
However, in other patients, an infected wisdom tooth can lead to some very serious problems in others, such as significant swelling in the floor of the mouth and throat that can compromise swallowing and breathing, which can be life threatening. Your surgeon can provide more info.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Dr. Daniel Quon
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David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Abscess
An infected wisdom tooth can lead to an abscess, which can cause all sorts of bad problems.
Specifically, the abscess can throw clots that can go to your brain and cause a stroke. Most seriously, the infection can spread to your brain. It is thought that king tut died of a similar cause. Definitely not something to fool with. See your dentist right away.

In brief: Abscess
An infected wisdom tooth can lead to an abscess, which can cause all sorts of bad problems.
Specifically, the abscess can throw clots that can go to your brain and cause a stroke. Most seriously, the infection can spread to your brain. It is thought that king tut died of a similar cause. Definitely not something to fool with. See your dentist right away.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Mike Bowman
If you don't have dental insurance check to see if there is a university dental school nearby...they often can perform extractions with less cost than a regular dentist.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Another option
While most infected wisdom teeth need to be removed, there are occasions when there is an infection that can be resolved, at least temporarily with antibiotics and definitive treatment.
Many patients see everything as "all" or "none". Only if $ is an issue, you might be able to remove only the untreatable wisdom teeth and postpone your other dental work until finances improve or work out payments.

In brief: Another option
While most infected wisdom teeth need to be removed, there are occasions when there is an infection that can be resolved, at least temporarily with antibiotics and definitive treatment.
Many patients see everything as "all" or "none". Only if $ is an issue, you might be able to remove only the untreatable wisdom teeth and postpone your other dental work until finances improve or work out payments.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Gary Sandler
It is certainly imperative that you discuss the risks and options with a dentist asap. Consider treatment at a Dental School or reduced fee local dental clinic as well as calling your local Dental Society for some options. There is also CareCredit for extended no interest payment options.
Dr. Larry Stewart
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: All day seminar!
An infection is an infection - whether its in your tooth or your toenail! would you ignore an infection elsewhere? Emergency rooms across the country still regularly see people who have to be admitted and taken to or to treat and drain infections.
My advise is do not ignore an infection, seek care and counsel from a qualified oral surgeon regarding your specific condition.

In brief: All day seminar!
An infection is an infection - whether its in your tooth or your toenail! would you ignore an infection elsewhere? Emergency rooms across the country still regularly see people who have to be admitted and taken to or to treat and drain infections.
My advise is do not ignore an infection, seek care and counsel from a qualified oral surgeon regarding your specific condition.
Dr. Larry Stewart
Dr. Larry Stewart
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In brief: Chronic drain on imm
It would be a chronic drain on your immune system like any other infection with the potential to blow up at an inopportune time.

In brief: Chronic drain on imm
It would be a chronic drain on your immune system like any other infection with the potential to blow up at an inopportune time.
Dr. Keith Hollander
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Same thing
The same thing as any other infection.
Can cause pain, functional disturbance, bone loss, damage to adjacent teeth, gum destruction, and can spread and do damage to heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, liver. Can cause swelling of tissues that result in partial or complete airway obstruction. Can cause death.

In brief: Same thing
The same thing as any other infection.
Can cause pain, functional disturbance, bone loss, damage to adjacent teeth, gum destruction, and can spread and do damage to heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, liver. Can cause swelling of tissues that result in partial or complete airway obstruction. Can cause death.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
In brief: Spread of infection
Infection can be dangerous.
If infections cause is not taken care of, it will recur and possibly spread. Spreading to the brain or heart is possible. Get it evaluated and out!

In brief: Spread of infection
Infection can be dangerous.
If infections cause is not taken care of, it will recur and possibly spread. Spreading to the brain or heart is possible. Get it evaluated and out!
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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