Prevent an ongoing infection
If an infection stays in the mouth too long, then it might spread to other parts of the body. For example, one type, septicemia, can happen in just a couple of days. This can then move to the rest of the body through the bloodstream. An oral infection can spread to the sinuses. It is easy for infections to reproduce in the sinuses.
The roots of the teeth reach close to the sinuses. In some cases, the roots can penetrate into them. This allows bacteria to move around. Some people can have low-grade infections for months or even years. This will cause the rest of their health to fail.
Prevent infection to vital organs or bones
Patients may not think of a tooth infection as being fatal. However, it can be life-threatening. The bacteria can move into the bloodstream. Then, they can go to the heart and brain, which are two major organs. An infection in either of these places can easily be fatal.
In fact, people have died in the past because of an infection that spreads. Often, the infection must be treated within just a few hours of it happening. Sometimes, it might be hard to get rid of it. Some types of antibiotics will not properly penetrate into the jaw’s bone tissue. The dentist may need to inject a medication to properly get rid of the infection.
If even a little bit of the infection remains, then it can cause the abscess to happen again. It is a red flag if a patient has more than one abscess in the same year. It can be a sign of a more serious issue. The dentist can look for hidden bacteria in the area.
Maintain overall health
If the infection is not treated quickly, it can negatively affect the rest of the body. For example, patients may have body pain, headaches, fatigue and insomnia. This infection is constantly straining the immune system. That makes it harder for the body to fight other illnesses.
Prevent tooth loss
An infected tooth can cause the roots to rot. The tooth will then die and needs to be extracted. Otherwise, the infection can easily spread. If the tooth is not extracted, then the infection may move to the other teeth and kill them too.
Visit an emergency dentist today
If you feel that you might be having an abscess, then it is important to get an appointment with an emergency dentist. Having it taken care of quickly can prevent an infection. You can also avoid losing your teeth. At the first sign of infection, you should visit an emergency dentist.
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