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Can a tooth infection kill me?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Dental infections are nothing to ignore.
Due to the proximity of the oral cavity to the brain, it is possible that a simple dental infection, if left untreated, could travel to the brain through the various facial spaces and lead to death. This is very rare, but people have died from a simple dental infection. See your dentist.

In brief: Yes
Dental infections are nothing to ignore.
Due to the proximity of the oral cavity to the brain, it is possible that a simple dental infection, if left untreated, could travel to the brain through the various facial spaces and lead to death. This is very rare, but people have died from a simple dental infection. See your dentist.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dr. Kevin Owoc
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Dr. Greg Rubin
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Tooth infection
Yes! please do not forget that teeth are very close to your brain, any bacterial infection can travel to your brain and cause stroke or thrombosis and other dangerous and fatal conditions.

In brief: Tooth infection
Yes! please do not forget that teeth are very close to your brain, any bacterial infection can travel to your brain and cause stroke or thrombosis and other dangerous and fatal conditions.
Dr. Greg Rubin
Dr. Greg Rubin
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Eventually, it can
Tooth infections were one of the leading causes of death before antibiotics came along.
Although antibiotics can clear up most infections, there is no guarantee.. If an infection spreads fast or is resistant to the antibiotics, then a life threatening situation can result. Don't wait to treat...

In brief: Eventually, it can
Tooth infections were one of the leading causes of death before antibiotics came along.
Although antibiotics can clear up most infections, there is no guarantee.. If an infection spreads fast or is resistant to the antibiotics, then a life threatening situation can result. Don't wait to treat...
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Unlikely if you get it treated correctly in enough time to prevent a wild spread of bacteria.
You need to see a dentist pronto.

In brief: Yes
Unlikely if you get it treated correctly in enough time to prevent a wild spread of bacteria.
You need to see a dentist pronto.
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Dr. Robert Eckelson
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Dr. Nicolas Melgarejo
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, it can
Complications from tooth infections are rare in this era of antibiotics and modern dentistry.
Most of them are diagnosed and treated promptly, and respond well to antibiotics and dental management. However, if untreated, some of them can extend into the neck and/or face, causing serious head and neck infections, including septic thrombophlebitis, airway obstruction from neck swelling and sepsis.

In brief: Yes, it can
Complications from tooth infections are rare in this era of antibiotics and modern dentistry.
Most of them are diagnosed and treated promptly, and respond well to antibiotics and dental management. However, if untreated, some of them can extend into the neck and/or face, causing serious head and neck infections, including septic thrombophlebitis, airway obstruction from neck swelling and sepsis.
Dr. Nicolas Melgarejo
Dr. Nicolas Melgarejo
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