Can You Die from a Tooth Infection?

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A patient with a tooth infection in Frisco

Let’s say you’re diagnosed with a tooth infection in Frisco. At first, you might not think this is too big of a deal. After all, aren’t infected teeth a common issue? Perhaps you can wait things out. In truth, however, you should quickly treat and prevent an infected tooth — the condition can be fatal! To prove this claim, your local dentist is here with evidence. Read on to learn how a tooth infection can kill you, what to do about it, and tips on preventing one in the future.

So, a Tooth Infection *Can* Kill You?

Indeed, a tooth infection could lead to death in some cases. More accurately, though, it’d be your body’s response to the problem that causes your death.

You see, an untreated infection can lead to a dental abscess. Harmful bacteria move from your tooth to surrounding bone and tissue when that happens. To fight off this bacteria, then, your body might develop sepsis — an infection response that triggers tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

What Should You Do for a Tooth Infection?

If you know or suspect you have a tooth infection, you should visit your emergency dentist at once. They have various treatments that could solve your problem.

For instance, your dentist might be able to perform root canal therapy. With this procedure, they’d remove the tooth’s infected pulp and refill the leftover space with a composite material. That way, you could keep your pearly white and avoid invasive alternatives.

In case the infection is severe, though, a dentist may perform a tooth extraction. Unlike a root canal, this treatment is a last resort that would remove the tooth in question. From there, you’d likely need to get a prosthetic to restore your smile.

Tips for Preventing Tooth Infections

Since it can be fatal, you’re better off avoiding a tooth infection in the first place. That being the case, here are some tips to help you do so:

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Always brush your teeth twice daily, floss once daily, and regularly rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Also, limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks.
  • Avoid Bad Oral Habits: Infections often occur from tooth fractures, so try not to bite your fingernails or chew on leftover ice. Also, make sure to stop using tobacco products.
  • See Your Dentist Often: Through regular, six-month checkups and cleanings, your dentist can diagnose and treat dental issues before they lead to infections.

As you can see, it really is possible to die from a tooth infection. Therefore, follow the tips above so you live a long life worth smiling about!

About the Practice

Stonebriar Smile Design is based in Frisco, TX. As led by Drs. Jill Wade, Kristi Moody, and Jodi Danna, our practice offers patients the best possible dental care. In particular, we perform preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, including dental restorations like dentures and implants. Our office can also provide you with dental sedation upon request. For more information or to book a visit, reach us on our website or by phone at (972)-377-7800.

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