Can an Abscessed Tooth Kill You?

Whether you’re just plain stubborn or you have specific reasons for putting up with a toothache;  an abscessed tooth can indeed kill you.

What is an abscessed tooth?

abscess tooth diagram
Stages of an abscess tooth

An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection that has spread to the root or root tip of the tooth. For a variety of reasons, bacteria got into the tooth (cavity, etc.) and became an infection which spread to the root.

Your jaw bone holds your teeth in place, not your gums. Without seeking dental help, the infection can spread from the jaw bone to the head and neck, causing a brain infection, sepsis, pneumonia, heart disease, and ultimately, death.

abscessed tooth can equal emergency if ignored.
Save a trip to the hospital

Want to avoid a trip to the emergency room?

Pew Charitable Trusts reported that in 2009, over 830,590 people went to emergency rooms as a result of abscessed teeth and other preventable dental issues. That number was 16% higher than it was in 2006…just 3 years earlier!

The majority of those patients could have avoided a trip to the emergency room if they’d have just let their dentist know they were suffering. Significantly, they could have avoided the emergency visit completely if they had received regular dental care beforehand.

An abscessed tooth doesn’t have to be your demise. But it could be…if it is left untreated. When you have any pain in your mouth, gums, or tongue please call your dentist immediately to take care of it. Also, if you’re fearful or anxious about visiting your dentist, West Airdrie Dental now offers several new, painless ways for you to relax during your visit.

There’s no reason the take the chance your abscessed tooth will be listed as your cause of death. Get it treated!

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Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered,  call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587-317-7713 or click here to visit our website.