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A Toothache with a Fever Is Not a Good Combination

It is not uncommon for people to experience a toothache. There are some minor toothaches that are not a big deal. It could be due to bad brushing and flossing technique or something else easy to correct. Toothaches can also be a sign of a bigger problem that does require attention.

The symptoms surrounding a toothache can vary widely. They can range from occasional pain to temperature sensitivity to constant sharp pain. It is important to understand the differences and to know when there is a bigger problem that requires immediate attention. One symptom to watch for is when you have a fever to go along with a toothache.


The body has a variety of defenses against illness. One of those defenses involves raising the body temperature. The rise in body temperature above normal is a fever. The fever is a response to something that is not right in the body and is a temporary reaction. Once whatever is causing the body to raise the temperature is taken care of, the fever will go down.


If the cause of the toothache is something minor, the body will not have to react by raising the body temperature. A fever is not a typical reaction to a toothache. If you have a toothache with a fever, that means there is something else going on in your body triggering the fever.

One of the most common causes for a fever is an infection. A dental abscess is an infection that occurs in a tooth. One of the signs of a dental abscess is fever. Another sign of the abscess is pain. If you have a toothache with fever that could mean you have a dental abscess.

To resolve the fever and the toothache from a dental abscess requires treating the abscess. That is typically done through a root canal. Once you have the root canal, you will end the problems of the toothache and the fever.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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