Complications from a Dental Abscess to Be Aware Of
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Bisson Dentistry
When a person experiences pain in a tooth or their gums, they may hope that it goes away on its own. If they have a redness or swelling, they may turn to an over the counter product to help treat it.
In some cases, everything may work out the way they want. If these are symptoms of an abscess, not getting treatment could lead to more serious problems. There are a variety of complications that can occur for someone who does not take care of the abscess.
Infection Can Spread
A dental abscess is an infection. The fluid of the abscess contains harmful bacteria. If that bacteria is able to escape the area of the abscess, it can spread to other parts of the body. The way the bacteria will spread is through the bloodstream.
If the bacteria from the abscess get into the bloodstream, they can reach any part of the body. That can lead to problems with osteomyelitis. This infection of the bone can cause pain and can lead to loss of the bone tissue.
Complications that Kill When an infection starts to spread to the body, it can affect many different parts. This can lead to a condition known as sepsis. Sepsis is an infection of the whole body. It can affect bone, tissue and organs in the body. If left untreated, it can lead to death.
Another potentially deadly complication is Ludwig's Angina. If the infection of the abscess spreads to the floor of the mouth, it can cause the tongue and the neck to swell. The swelling can obstruct the airway and make it difficult or impossible to breathe.
A dental abscess is a serious condition. It is also a treatable condition. While no one likes the idea of coming to our office for oral surgery to help with an abscess, the alternatives are much worse. No one should have to deal with the possible complications from an abscess.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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