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

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Dr. Michael Stern
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Stern
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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
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Dr. Jennifer Lee
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Low

Infections of the heart are rare, but any infection can spread.
It is best to take of it early.

In brief: Low

Infections of the heart are rare, but any infection can spread.
It is best to take of it early.
Dr. Jennifer Lee
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Very low

With today's technology and medical expertise this is very unlikely.

In brief: Very low

With today's technology and medical expertise this is very unlikely.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Edward Zuckerberg
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