When a tooth infection is left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Symptoms of a tooth infection spreading to the body include severe, constant, throbbing toothache that may spread to the jaw, neck, or ear, pain or discomfort with hot and cold temperatures, pain or discomfort with the pressure of chewing or biting, fever, swelling of the face, cheeks, or neck that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. A fever is the body's natural defense against infection. If the fever is constantly above 101 degrees Fahrenheit, this could be an indication that sepsis is starting to appear.
Similarly, a drop in temperature below 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit could also be a symptom. You may also experience chills and chills, classic symptoms of fever. Minimal swelling in the face is a normal symptom of an abscess. However, if it persists or you can't go to see your dentist, go to the emergency room.
Other signs that a dental infection is spreading to the body include frequent headaches, fever, dizziness, and facial swelling. You may get to a point where you have difficulty opening or using your mouth due to swelling. When that happens, you should go to your local urgent care center or emergency dentist to get rid of the infection as soon as possible. Most dental infections can be easily treated.
The dentist may prescribe antibiotics to reduce the infection and prevent it from spreading before giving more permanent treatment. In severe cases, a dental infection can spread to the face, sinuses, neck, jaw, blood, and even to the entire system. An untreated dental infection can spread to other areas of the body and cause systemic health problems such as sepsis, pulmonary actinomycosis, and a brain abscess. A dentist can perform a precise endodontic treatment that removes the infected part of the tooth to prevent further spread.
The dentist or doctor will numb the area, make a small incision, and then drain the infected fluid from the tooth. The dentist or doctor can also drain infected pus from the tooth abscess to prevent further spread of the bacteria. In addition, practice good oral hygiene and good oral health every day to reduce the risk of dealing with something as unpleasant as a tooth abscess, endodontic treatment, or sepsis. An infection occurs when there is a build-up of bacteria that causes plaque and tartar to form on the teeth.
Call your dentist right away if you think you have developed a systemic infection due to a tooth abscess or go to the nearest emergency room.