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The Dangers That an Oral Abscess Can Pose on You

Posted on 1/24/2022 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
The Dangers That an Oral Abscess Can Pose on YouAn oral abscess is an infection that affects your tooth and the jawbone surrounding it. Just like any other oral infection, an oral abscess can cause a wide range of setbacks if left untreated. Therefore, it is important to know some of the dangers of an oral abscess so that you protect your teeth against them.

Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is one of the risks posed by an oral abscess. However, if this condition is identified and treated early, we can apply various treatment methods to save it. In most cases, we use root canal therapy to treat the early stages of an oral abscess. However, if the condition is left untreated, it will spread to most parts of your tooth and make it difficult to treat. In such cases, tooth extraction is necessary because your tooth can no longer be saved. We will replace it with oral appliances like dental implants that help restore your oral functions.

Infecting Surrounding Bones

When there is an infection in your mouth for a long time, facial bones like the mandible and maxilla will become affected. The oral abscess will most likely spread to these bones and cause serious consequences. If the infection spreads to facial bones, a surgical procedure might be needed to extract the bones and stop further spread. Even if the infection doesn't lead to an extraction, the risk of damage is still high. This is because it weakens the bone structure in your mouth and increases the risk of breakage.

An oral abscess can also lead to a painful sinus infection. In addition, the soft tissues in your mouth and those in the surrounding areas could also get infected. If these important tissues are infected, you will experience serious consequences like facial cellulite. This is why it is important to treat an oral abscess as early as possible. Contact us for more information on the risks posed by an oral abscess.

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