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 noticed.

If left unchecked and untreated, the infection may be more difficult to control and serious health complications could occur. 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 block the airway and be life-threatening. Finally, there is risk of further complication and spread of the infection throughout the body (sepsis). In these situations, medical care at a hospital is required.

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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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Comment from: Dawn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I have chronic abscess problem and this flares periodically. I take anti-inflammatories, naproxen, pain relief Codeine Effervescent 500-1000 mg 4 hourly. I rub tea tree oil around the gum of the tooth area of pain. Then get amoxicillin antibiotics and put ice pack to face when pain arises, at the start.

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