Why Fevers Are So Dangerous When They Come with a Toothache
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
When talking about a toothache, the thing that most people worry about is the pain. They take care to avoid the tooth that hurts when they eat or drink. They hope that the toothache will go away.
They do not always look for one of the more dangerous symptoms that can accompany a toothache. A fever is a sign that the body is fighting something. If you have a fever and a toothache, you need to know how they are related and what the dangers are.
Toothaches are Treatable
Before finding out why a fever with a toothache is dangerous, it is important to understand that toothaches are treatable. A toothache is the result of a cavity in the tooth. The cavity fills with bacteria and that causes the pain. The solution is to drill to the cavity and fill in the tooth.
The dangers from the toothache are gone. The longer a cavity goes untreated, the more problems arise. Gum disease is one of the dangers. Another danger is an infection or an abscess. These are the things that can lead to bigger problems.
The Signs of an Infection
An infection in the teeth or gums comes with symptoms. There is pain and swelling. Often times a fever accompanies the infection. A low-grade fever is not dangerous, but it is a warning sign. It is not the fever that kills people. It is the infection that can spread throughout the body. If the infection gets worse, it can actually kill a person.
So, if a fever with a toothache is a sign of infection, and because an infection can kill you, it is something that is very dangerous. It is possible that people can ignore the pain, but the fever should trigger them to act.
If you have a fever and a toothache, contact our office immediately. Do not wait until it gets worse. You can also contact us if you have any other questions about your oral health.