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How an Infected Tooth Can Affect Your Health Q&A

How an Infected Tooth Can Affect Your Health Q&A

Your health may suffer as a result of an infected tooth. Systemic health problems can result from an untreated tooth infection. The affected portion of your tooth can be extracted by Dr. Moein Darjani, DDS, and Dr. Ali Manesh, DMD, to stop the infection from spreading. For more information, please contact us, or you can also book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Washington, DC, and Woodbridge, VA.

How an Infected Tooth Can Affect Your Health | Ideal Endodontics
How an Infected Tooth Can Affect Your Health | Ideal Endodontics

Table of Contents:

What are the symptoms of a tooth infection spreading to the body?
Can an infected tooth cause other health problems?
Can a tooth infection make you physically sick?
How do you know if a tooth infection is in your bloodstream?
What are the early warning signs of sepsis?

What are the symptoms of a tooth infection spreading to the body?


When a tooth infection extends beyond its initial site, it can lead to a wide range of symptoms affecting various parts of the body. Tooth infections will typically present with pain, discomfort, and swelling at their initial site. These symptoms, accompanied by a fever, may be one of the first indications that a tooth infection is spreading.

Additionally, swelling or inflammation, particularly in the facial or neck region, can become apparent as the infection progresses. Glands in the affected area may also become swollen as the body attempts to combat the infection. As the infection spreads, fatigue may set in, often leaving individuals feeling generally unwell.

This can be worsened by symptoms such as nausea or vomiting. In severe cases, the systemic spread of a tooth infection can lead to even more serious complications, including endocarditis, where the heart lining becomes infected, or the development of a brain abscess, posing significant health risks that require immediate medical attention.

Can an infected tooth cause other health problems?


An infected tooth has the potential to lead to a myriad of health issues if left untreated. The bacteria responsible for the infection can spread into the bloodstream, leading to a range of systemic complications. This systemic spread poses a significant risk, potentially leading to cardiovascular complications such as endocarditis.

Additionally, the respiratory system may become compromised, increasing susceptibility to conditions like pneumonia. Untreated tooth infections have also been associated with chronic inflammation, increasing the risk of systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Addressing tooth infections promptly with diagnosis and treatment at Ideal Endodontics is important in mitigating the risk of systemic health problems.

Can a tooth infection make you physically sick?


A tooth infection has the potential to make individuals feel physically sick, particularly when the infection extends beyond the confines of the tooth. The systemic spread of the infection can provoke a range of symptoms, including fever, which signifies the body’s immune response to the invading pathogens.

Additionally, individuals may experience swelling or inflammation in the affected area, accompanied by feelings of fatigue and feeling generally unwell. Nausea and vomiting can also ensue as the body attempts to purge itself of the infectious agents. In severe cases, systemic infection from a tooth abscess can culminate in life-threatening conditions such as sepsis, where the body’s immune response triggers widespread inflammation and organ dysfunction.

How do you know if a tooth infection is in your bloodstream?


Detecting the presence of a tooth infection in the bloodstream necessitates a thorough assessment by a dental professional. It can be difficult for an individual to determine the spread of infection on their own, given that it can present alongside symptoms that typically occur alongside other illnesses, which makes seeking medical care imperative.

Generally, however, when tooth pain and discomfort are accompanied by non-localized symptoms, this may indicate the spread of a tooth infection into the bloodstream. These symptoms may include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and an overall feeling of being unwell.

Laboratory tests, such as blood cultures, may be conducted to identify the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream, confirming the systemic dissemination of the infection. Timely diagnosis and intervention are crucial in preventing further complications associated with the systemic spread of a tooth infection.

What are the early warning signs of sepsis?


Sepsis can be a serious medical emergency characterized by a dysregulated immune response to infection, leading to widespread inflammation and organ dysfunction.

Early recognition of sepsis is important for facilitating prompt intervention and improving outcomes. Recognizable signs include fever, often accompanied by an elevated heart rate and rapid breathing, reflective of the body’s heightened metabolic state. Individuals may also experience confusion or disorientation, due to the neurological involvement.

Extreme pain or discomfort, along with clammy or sweaty skin, may also occur. These early warning signs indicate the urgent need for medical attention, as sepsis can rapidly progress to a life-threatening condition if left untreated.

Infected tooth treatment is available at Ideal Endodontics. For more information, please contact us, or you can also book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Washington, DC, and Woodbridge, VA. We serve patients from Washington DC, Woodbridge VA, Arlington VA, Lorton VA, Manassas VA, Springfield VA, Alexandria VA, Silver Spring MD, and the surrounding areas!

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