!?Dental infection, is it life threatening
We have already spoken in my previous post on the course of development of lesions in the teeth. Caries starts small, we barely feel it, it might not even hurt, a little disturbing but we can live with it.
if not treated, it continues to evolve and grow until it hits the root of the tooth and then passes the developing inflammation and infection grows, it starts swelling and pus, which is already a sign that we waited too long and tooth extraction is the only solution! just dont forget that earlier intervention could have saved the tooth!!!
Today I want you to go further, there are people that in these situations when there is a big swelling or infection, pus and a tooth for a wreck that causes all this, they still refuse to go to the dentist and try to solve the problem by themselves in all sorts of ways medical (drugs) or less medical. And the result can be that the roads will improve their symptoms or other situations there is no improvement even worsening.
Why I sublined the word "symptoms"? Even if there is improvement in symptoms and it looks good that does not mean the infection is solved. It is good to treat symptoms, but the most important thing is to deal with the cause! otherwise symptoms can attack again.
so what shall we do?
In situations of swelling we must go to the doctor, not just for a prescription but also for check the infection reason and maybe treatment.
There are situations of swelling that simply remove tooth filling or a crown can cause immediate relief, then we go on with the antibiotics.
Untouchable situations, we give antibiotic prescription, wait three days to get antibiotic cover (no need to wait until all the inflammation go down!) And then remove the "cause" (tooth) and continue with antibiotics until the final dose.
If the swelling is large or in dangerous place then must drain away, otherwise the infection can become life threatening. Inflammation develops in lower molars, for example, can move forward in the direction of the airways and block them and cause suffocation and death immediately !!
How do you know which are the most dangerous areas? the dentis should know.
Still, I'll give you some tips:
some signs that should set off alarms and consider immediate hospitalization.
– Dispnee (difficulty breathing)
– Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
– Trismos (locking jaws, it is impossible to open the mouth more than 10 mm)
– Fever (38.3 or higher)
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