Dental Abscesses Are No Laughing Matter
December 16, 2013 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog
One of the most common problems dentists encounter, abscesses are infections that can be life threatening. Yet in spite of this fact, the public is ill-informed on the threat they pose. They do not know, for instance, that dental abscesses will not go away on their own. Here’s why.
Generally caused by an infected tooth, gum, or bone area in the jaw, abscesses are bacterial infections that can only be treated by a course of antibiotics. Worse yet, the infection can and often does spread if the problem is ignored, or goes undetected. In the most serious cases, the bacteria can actually spread to the brain and kill the patient.
One of the things that makes dental abscesses so dangerous is that they don’t always present symptoms. Some patients may not experience dental pain or swelling of any kind, even if the infection is quite serious. However, in the vast majority of the cases, the patient will experience the aforementioned, as well as sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in the mouth, and headaches. When the infection takes hold, the sufferer may also become febrile.