I need some advice. I broke a tooth a while back but really didn’t have the money to do anything about it. A few weeks ago it started hurting like mad. I just took some pain meds but then it started to spread, because the area going down from it is swollen all the way to my neck and now there’s a red streak all the way up to my eye. A friend said this is a tooth infection and dangerous. So, I found some leftover antibiotics and started taking them, but it’s not really doing anything. Is this really serious or will it eventually just get better?
You must be in tremendous pain. We’ll help you get this sorted out. Your friends are correct. This is serious. In fact, people still die from dental infections and they are considered dental emergencies.That’s because they mistakenly think antibiotics will be enough. They’re not. Tooth infections are different from other biological infections.
With dental infections, the tissue in the tooth dies, which eliminates blood flow. Without that, the medicine won’t reach the infected part of the tooth. This is why your infection is spreading even though you’ve been taking antibiotics. Eventually, it will spread to your brain or heart. By then, it is often too late to save the patient.
This is a Dental Emergency
You will need to see a dentist for this to be treated properly. Your dentist will need to do what is called a root canal treatment. This is where the dentist gets in there and physically removes the infected pulp of the tooth. Often, they will place a dental crown on top of the tooth after that to protect it.
There is only one other way to get rid of an infection in a tooth. You can have the tooth extracted. However, when you do this, the tooth needs to be replaced. Once your tooth is out, it opens up a space that will cause your other teeth to shift or tip-in. This can lead to massive problems with your bite, including TMJ Disorder.
It will be more affordable to get the root canal treatment. If you’re worried about cost, there are affordable dentists out there who will be willing to work with you. This is especially true in cases of dental emergencies, such as yours.
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