Emergency Cases of an Untreated Toothache

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There are different reasons for tooth pain, including cavity, abscess, injuries, gingivitis, wisdom tooth eruption, and so on. It should be considered that toothache can be a sign of a bigger problem. Try not to ignore your toothache. An untreated toothache can lead to health problems such as pneumonia, brain abscess, bacterial blood infection, heart attack, or even tooth loss. 

You should know there is a connection between oral health and overall health. For example, patients with infectious gums are more likely to be at risk for heart disease and stroke than someone with healthy gums and teeth. Many people live with dental or gum disease that is often undiagnosed and untreated. Because they do not feel any pain in their teeth, they do not visit the emergency dentist. Please note that the absence of pain does not mean that your tooth is healthy and does not need a dental checkup. By visiting our emergency dentist regularly, you can diagnose your dental problems at the early stages.

Toothache and Heart Attack

Bacteria and other germs in your mouth can be transmitted to other parts of your body. If the bacteria reach to your heart through the bloodstream, they attach to the affected areas and cause inflammation. It can lead to some diseases such as infection of the inner layer of your heart, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and apoplexy. Transmission of bacteria and infectious agents from the root of the tooth to the heart is the starting point for heart diseases. You may also need tooth extraction in this situation.


Toothache and Brain Abscess
A brain abscess is a bag of pus in the brain that is caused by a bacterial infection. Therefore, if the bacteria reach the brain, it will cause brain abscess. The infection can travel from ear, sinus, or an abscessed tooth to the brain. A brain abscess is usually accompanied by a dull and achy headache, a low-grade fever, nausea and vomiting, personality changes, and neck stiffness. In this case, a quick referral to the emergency dental clinic is required.
Toothache and Bacterial Blood Infection
A toothache may be a symptom of an infection. There are some symptoms of tooth infection spreading in the body, including increasing heart and breathing rate, fever, stomachache, and dehydration. A tooth infection can lead to blood poisoning and bacterial blood infection. So, you should head to our Emergency Dental Office in the shortest possible time to prevent other complications.
Toothache and Tooth loss

In some cases, the untreated toothache leads to tooth loss. It is worth to know that missing teeth can cause more severe complications. However, you do not have to suffer from a missing tooth. We offer you dental implants. Dental implants are screw-shaped titanium that replaces the missing tooth.

How Can You Prevent Toothache?

By practicing good oral health, you can prevent toothache. Do not forget to brush your teeth three times a day, and use dental floss at least twice a day. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential to avoid emergency dental treatments such as root canal therapy. Try to have your teeth cleaned in the dental office twice a year. Please quit smoking and consume high fiber and low-fat foods. 

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Written by Finn Maguire Cohen for Emergency Dental Office — Fact checked by Dr. John Doe