Friday, 27 May 2016

DOES TOOTH INFECTION CAUSE BLOOD INFECTION???

DENTAL INFECTION??HOW SERIOUS IS ABSCESSED (PUS)TEETH??TOOTH INFECTION CAUSES BLOOD INFECTION??

A dental abscess is collection of infected material(pus),Opening in the tooth enamel allows bacteria to infect the pulp ,infection can spread out from the root of the tooth, Bacteria from the tooth can extend into the gums,the cheek,the throat,the tissues beneath the tongue or even into the jaw or facial bones.


CAUSE of dental abscess:

  • Deep cavity
  • Gum disease
  • Cracked teeth
  • Trauma
  • Sometimes recent dental procedure such as extraction and implants,Poor dental health.
  • Previously performed dental procedure as they get older and start to leak and fails.
  • Diabetes,Immune failure.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOM??

  • If the root of the tooth dies,the toothache may stop ,but the infection remains active and continues to spread and destroy tissue.If the root of the tooth is alive,you will have severe tooth ache.
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Bad breathe
  • Possible fever
  • Swollen glands of the neck
  • Discomfort,uneasiness or ill feeling
  • Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw----a very serious condition.
Clinical examination by dentist:
  • The patient will feel pain when the dentist taps the teeth.
  • Sensitive to hot and cold,even exposure to air.
  • Biting or closing the mouth tightly also increase the pain ,gums may be swollen and red and may drain pus(drain thick material),due to the pressure within the abscess.


OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TRIES TO KEEP THEE INFECTION FROM SPREADING ,SO THE PAIN MAY NOT BE PRESENT ,SOMETIMES ABSCESS MAY RUPTURE AND DRAIN ON ITS OWN OR DRAINED SURGICALLY .BUT WHEN THE ABSCESS SPREADS IT MAY LEAD TO COMPLICATIONS.


WHAT IS THE TREATMENT??
The goal of treatment is elimination of infection,preservation of the tooth and prevent the complications
  • Warm saltwater rinses may be soothing.
  • Pain reliever to relieve pain ,fever and antibiotic to fight against infection.
  • Surgical drainage of the abscess or
  • Removal of the affected tooth  or root canal treatment may be recommended,it depends on the condition of your teeth,your dentist will decide if the tooth can be saved or not by clinical examination and by taking X-ray of the affected teeth.
IF LEFT UNTREATED WHAT WILL BE THE COMPLICATIONS??

  • Loss of the teeth.
  • Spread of infection to the jaw bone.(severe tooth abscess may become large enough to perforate bone and extend to soft tissue)
  • Spread of infection to soft tissue(growing infection makes space within the tissues)Heart problem (endocarditis),
  • Spread of infection to other areas of the body.
PREVENTION:
  • Maintain good oral hygiene.
  • If your tooth becomes loose,chipped,broken ,traumatized or decay,visit your dentist immediately to prevent further damage.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily,floss regularly.




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