Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA
If you have an infected tooth, the consequences can be deadly. When any infection occurs in the mouth, there is a high risk it can spread to vital organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain. An infection in the mouth also can negatively affect major medical procedures such as organ transplants, artificial joint replacement or the installation of heart valves.
A tooth infection is much more serious than a cavity or other normal tooth decay. Often, an infected tooth will lead to an abscess that is visible on the gum at the root of the bad tooth. The abscess will look like a sore, will be tender, and painful. When an abscess occurs, your body is trying to reject the tooth because of the infection.
Until the tooth is treated, the abscess will leak infected blood and pus into your bloodstream, which serves as a conduit for the infection to potentially spread throughout your body. Bacterium from the infection gravitates to the cell walls of blood vessels, valves, and organs. They can spread from those locations, create obstructions or break off and attach at other locations throughout your body.
If this infection spreads to the brain or heart, it can be fatal. This happens only in rare cases, but why take the chance?
Your dentist is the best qualified individual to diagnose and treat a tooth abscess. Even if another medical professional diagnoses an infection, merely taking antibiotics will not cure the infection if the tooth remains in your mouth, untreated. The dentist can evaluate your condition and provide a treatment options.
Your best protection against the potentially serious infections that occur from a tooth abscess is to be proactive. If you notice any teeth giving you problems, seek out the care of an experienced dentist as soon as possible before the problems worsen. As always, the best defense is a good offense. That means maintaining a comprehensive regimen of oral health care that includes daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and examinations.
Hoag and Dotsch can diagnose and treat infected teeth while safeguarding your overall oral health. Call (206) 542-4344 to learn more about the services we offer.
The office of Hoag and Dotsch is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the area of Shoreline, Washington.