There Are Many Complications That Can Come from a Dental Abscess
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Elmwood Dental Group
When you think about what happens if you have a dental abscess, you probably imagine a lot of pain. We hope that you recognize the symptoms of an abscess before it gets too bad and seek out treatment. If you don't, you are probably setting yourself up for more trouble. TA dental abscess can lead to many complications that will surprise you.
What is an Abscess
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that forms due to a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur at the tip of the root of a tooth or it can occur on the side of the gum by the tooth root. The causes of dental abscess include untreated cavities, injury or dental work that fails. The treatment includes draining the abscess and getting rid of the infection.
When an Abscess is Not Treated
If the dental abscess is not treated or if the treatment does not work, there are several complications to worry about. Dental cysts from if an abscess is left untreated. These are fluid-filled pockets at the bottom of the root that become infected. The abscess infection can also spread tot eh bone and create a condition called osteomyelitis.
The biggest dangers of complications from an abscess occur when the infection spreads to other parts of the body. Cavernous sinus thrombosis happens when the infection spreads tot eh sinus cavities. Mamillary sinusitis happens if the infection spreads to the cheeks. Ludwig's angina affects the floor of the mouth. It can lead to swelling of the neck and under the tongue and in rare cases can block the airway. It is a potentially fatal complication.
The best way to avoid complications from a dental abscess is to get it treated at its earliest stages. The sooner you get help for an abscess, the easier it is to treat and the less chance you have of it spreading to other parts of the body.
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