What Happens If I Don’t Treat An Infected Tooth?

Posted On: 11-07-2020

Left untreated, a serious tooth infection can eventually kill!

Hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits each year are the result of dental problems, according to studies. The infection of the tip of the tooth’s root, called a periapical abscess, leads to the hospitalization of several people each year. It is the result of untreated tooth decay, and it can be dangerous if it spreads.

It can be incredibly dangerous if the bacterial infection from a tooth abscess spreads to your neck, jaw, or brain. You might even develop sepsis, which is a life-threatening infection that spreads through your body. Some rare but serious complications include septicaemia, which is an infection of the blood; Ludwig’s Angina, which can cause suffocation as it closes the airway; brain abscesses, which often require surgical drainage, and other bacterial infections such as meningitis, which can require lengthy hospitalization. The bacterial infection will spread from the tooth to the rest of the body very quickly in individuals with compromised immune systems. Infections can spread quickly from the tooth to the jaw to the brain because of the teeth’s proximity to the brain.


To prevent an abscess from developing it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and using fluoride, it is important to visit your dentist for professional cleanings twice a year. Every three or four months you need to replace your toothbrush. Even after a bacterial or viral infection dentists suggest to change your toothbrush. The risk of cavity is increased if your diet is high in sugar, which in turn increases the risk for abscesses. So, as a preventive measure, it is always better to avoid sugary items. Wearing a mouthguard can prevent dental injuries if you are active in any contact sports.

Infected tooth replacement in India

Infected tooth replacement is performed at several leading dental clinics in India Dr. Sudhakar Reddy’s Dental Implant Studio is one of the leading dental implant centers in Bangalore.Dr. Sudhakar Reddy, a Maxillofacial surgeon by speciality, possesses special knowledge, expertise and facilities for infected tooth replacement in India.


A tooth abscess is traditionally treated at the clinic by draining the pus from your abscess to get rid of the infection. To save the abscessed tooth the person will require a root canal, or the tooth is removed and dental implants are used to replace the missing teeth.

Authored By DR. SUDHAKAR REDDY - Implantologist, Bangalore

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