Abscessed Tooth - Complications

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What is the prognosis for an abscessed tooth?

The prognosis depends on the extent of the spread of infection. Usually, when the infection is localized to the tooth, the prognosis is very good if treatment is sought as soon as signs and symptoms are usually noticed.

When the infection is left untreated for a prolonged period and allowed to spread, the situation can escalate and be more difficult to control. There is the danger that the infection could rapidly spread to the bone of the jaw and other spaces of the head and neck. The swelling in the jaw or neck could even be so great as to affect the airway and become life-threatening. Finally, further complication and spread of the infection throughout the body (sepsis) can occur.

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Comment from: Prasher, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I am suffering from pain and continuous sensitivity to hot and cold in my abscessed tooth. I don"t want to get a root canal done.

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Comment from: Concerned Mom, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 26

My 44 year old daughter has gum diseases and in the process of getting teeth pulled. When a wisdom tooth started hurting she thought it was from gum disease and let it go for too long before getting a dentist appointment. By the time she got there it was very swollen and had abscessed so she got antibiotics but this dentist didn"t give out pain pills. A day after starting antibiotics, she already had not slept in 3 days and the pain was so bad that nothing OTC worked and besides she was vomiting up everything. She couldn"t eat, talk or move her head, was dizzy with high fever so she called 911. I want people to know you can"t put off a toothache and if you don"t have insurance, there are low-cost plans that have partial coverage and there are discount plans that help with some of the cost.

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