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How serious is an abscessed tooth?

Rita Medwid
Dentist
It can be extremely serious, to the point of actually causing death. Ancient remains show that on some of the skeletons, the skull had holes in the jaw bone and then up to the area where the sinus and brain would be. It was determined that these people probably had an infected tooth and the pus eroded the floor of the sinus and went to the brain. Sometimes an abscess in the lower jaw can cause such a large swelling that will block off your airway. If you have an abscess, please visit your dentist today. 
Randall D. Stastny, DMD
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Unfortunately, abscessed teeth can be very serious. If left untreated the infections may cause swelling that closes off the airway, or as in a recent case in Cincinnati the infection may travel to the brain and cause death. Dental infections of any type should not be ignored.
A tooth abscess can be very serious. An abscess can be the result of a bacterial infection in the center of your tooth. This infection can spread through the root of the tooth to the bone. Such an infection leads to swelling and a collection of infected material (pus) within your tooth. A tooth abscess can also be caused by tooth decay or trauma to your tooth from chipping or breaking. Bacteria enters into the tooth from the opening in the enamel from the decay or break. If the infection is not treated, it will continue to destroy tissue. If you have had any damage to a tooth, be sure to see your dentist promptly, especially if you have any tooth pain or sign of infection.

An abscessed tooth is an infected tooth. The main symptoms are pain and swelling and if not treated, it can lead to a serious infection in the jaw bone. 

A tooth abscess left untreated can lead to very serious consequences that can potentially be life threatening. The infection can invade other surrounding Spaces that can cause the airway to close, the eyes to shut, travel to the brain etc... Early intervention will keep the infection from spreading and a have a greater chance of being able to save the tooth. 

 

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