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Is a Dental Abscess Something to Worry About?

Posted on 1/30/2020 by Office
Is a Dental Abscess Something to Worry About?Dental abscess can be some of the most pain you will experience with your oral health. After a period of time that pain can start to leave, but if it's unaddressed by a professional, it's a matter of time before it gets worse.

They are one of the few dental issues that can be fatal if left unresolved or you don't seek proper medical care when they happen.

Dangers of Abscessed Teeth

When teeth abscess, a small pocket of bacteria and pus forms inside of your tooth. When it ruptures, the pain isn't quite as intense due to the pressure lessening. The bacteria that were inside your tooth can now spread to other parts of your body.

When your abscess ruptures, there is a foul taste mixed sometimes with blood in your mouth. That bacteria will not just go away on its own. In cases where the bacteria can make its way into your bloodstream, the situation becomes critical. There are many people every year that wait too long to get help, passing away in emergency rooms.

Signs of Danger

Beyond the signs of the pain and discomfort you feel from the tooth, there are some warning signs. When you have finally reached that breaking point where an abscessed tooth ruptures and you taste it, you are in troublesome waters. You should seek emergency dental care immediately. If at any point during the pain in your mouth you start to develop a fever.

Heading to your local emergency room is the best idea. The fever, in combination with the tooth pain, is a sign that infection may have already found a way into your blood stream and your body is now trying to fight it off. Antibiotics are critical to protecting your overall health from damage.

If you are showing early signs of tooth pain or a possible abscessed tooth, give us a call today. We can help address it with antibiotics and schedule a time to help mend the infected tooth.


Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS

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