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Can You Get an Abscess That Spreads to Your Jaw Joint?

Posted on 1/15/2018 by Scott Redlinger
Dental Abscess Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center NV 89511-3022The straight answer is yes. A tooth abscess, if left untreated or improperly treated, can spread from your mouth to your jaw and even your throat.

Such an extremely dangerous abscess lead to not only painful episodes, but also physical changes like unnatural swelling of the infected part and to the redness of the whole mouth and even the face.

If left on its own, the abscess may lead or advance to a more severe infection, which then causes Vomiting, fever, chills, vertigo spells, and even difficulty of breathing and diarrhea. In very severe cases, this may lead to sepsis, which is an extremely life-threatening condition.

Some Statistics About Cavities and Abscesses

The World Health Organization has reported that 60 to 90 percent of school children and almost the whole adult population have dental cavities, which is a leading cause of painful episodes and uncomfortable sensation for everyone.

While the pain may subside with time, the causes of cavities remain and if oral health is not improved, this may lead to a lot of unwanted diseases like tooth loss and severe periodontal disease. In fact, around 15 to 20 percent of the demographic of 35 to 44 years old have severe gum disease.

Abscess, which is basically a body of pus that has accumulated, can develop into an infection. It is best if the abscess is treated as early as possible, since just waiting for the pain to subside can lead to more damage and run the risk of sepsis.

Sepsis kills more than a quarter of a million Americans each year. The 258,000 casualties are unfortunate, since sepsis can be stopped in its tracks early.

An abscess can lead to a plethora of unwanted diseases. Abscess, especially tooth abscesses, can be treated, so please see a dentist as soon as possible. Let us help you take care of your abscess. Give us a call and let us make sure that the abscess or any other dental problems be cured as soon as possible.
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