In this video Dr. Joseph Nemeth talks about a tooth infection, the symptoms of a tooth abscess, and cases where it has caused brushes with death!
In the thumbnail you can see a story about a 26 year old man who died because of a dental abscess. https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19538456/deadly-tooth-infection/
WHAT IS AN ABSCESSED TOOTH?
An abscessed tooth is a pus-filled infection inside the tooth or between a tooth and the gum. At first it may just be annoying and slightly uncomfortable, but it can very quickly become intense, throbbing pain or sharp, shooting pain in the tooth or gum that is an indicative sign of an abscess.
SYMPTOMS OF AN ABSCESSED TOOTH
THESE ARE THE SIGNS OF AN INFECTED OR ABSCESSED TOOTH:
• SEVERE, PERSISTENT, THROBBING TOOTHACHE THAT CAN RADIATE TO THE JAWBONE, NECK OR EAR
• SENSITIVITY TO HOT AND COLD TEMPERATURES
• SENSITIVITY TO THE PRESSURE OF CHEWING OR BITING
• SWELLING IN YOUR FACE OR CHEEK
• TENDER, SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES UNDER YOUR JAW OR IN YOUR NECK
• SUDDEN RUSH OF FOUL-SMELLING AND FOUL-TASTING, SALTY FLUID IN YOUR MOUTH AND PAIN RELIEF IF THE DENTAL ABSCESS RUPTURES
If you have any of these symptoms in addition to the fever, seek help immediately! If the abscess ruptures and you feel some relief from the pain, it’s not a good sign.
This means the infected pus from the tooth infection has now spread deeper into your jaw and can also spread to other teeth and other parts of your body. It will not go away on its own and requires medical treatment right away.
HOW TO DIAGNOSE A DENTAL ABSCESS
A dentist/doctor can identify a tooth infection easily. An x-ray will confirm if there’s a pus-filled pocket near the tooth root. If there is, the dentist may do one of three things;
1. Make a small incision and drain the abscess
2. Perform a root canal or remove the tooth
3. If the infection has spread, the doctor will most likely prescribe an antibiotic to treat it.
An important thing to remember is that an infected tooth will not go away on its own and will need to be treated by a doctor or dentist. If you think you may have an abscess and can’t get to a dentist right away, go to the ER. The infection can spread as quickly as a day or two. If it begins to spread throughout your body, the seriousness increases and it can even cause death. An abscess is nothing to ignore so act as soon as possible if you have any suspicions that you have one.
A DANGEROUS TREND ON THE RISE
It seems that the number of Americans hospitalized due to dental abscesses is rising. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act and Medicare don’t have dental coverage so many people are going without dental insurance. This means people aren’t getting regular cleanings and maintenance checks for their teeth. By the time an abscess or infection gets to that point and they finally get to the dentist or Emergency Room, the infection can be extremely serious. It can spread to your bloodstream, brain or heart or cause swelling and cut off your airway.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH
You can avoid an abscess or treat it at home by taking care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing daily as well as regular dental cleanings will keep your mouth healthy.
Remember, if you have a healthy mouth, you will have a healthier body.
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