Humans suffer from dental infections constantly, despite a quest for better oral hygiene. As early as 200 BCE, a bronze wire root canal filling was found in the skull of a Nabataean warrior.
Years ago it was common for a dental infection to kill a patient. Since World War II and the discovery of penicillin, it’s uncommon to hear of anyone dying from dental infection.
An untreated dental infection can spread to the surrounding tissues. Once enamel is dissolved, the infectious caries can travel through the dentinal tubules and gain access to the pulp. Untreated dental infection can occasionally result in death due impingement on the air ways or spreading into brain.
Dental Infection Causes
Dental infections usually arise from pulpitis and associated necrotic dental pulp that initially begins on the tooth’s surface as dental caries. The infection may remain localized or quickly spread through various facial planes.
Other most common cause of dental infections is due to untreated gum disease or periodontitis.
Dental Infection Treatment
The recommended dental infection treatment is root canal therapy or untreatable tooth extraction. Antibiotic treatment is also recommended in conjunction with the definitive treatment of root canal therapy or extraction.
One of the new generation antibiotics if often used to kill off the bacteria causing a dental infection. The patient should rest, not go to work and eat to strengthen the body’s resistance to the infection. After taking the antibiotic, applying heat over the area helps bring blood and the antibiotic to the problem area.
If you feel you have dental infection don’t wait until it spreads to your brain, visit your dentist immediately.