THE DANGERS OF A FEVER AND A TOOTHACHE TOGETHER
While toothaches are usually quite common, when they arrive with a fever, it means that you could be in danger. A toothache with a fever means that your body is fighting off an infection and, if left untreated, it could become more dangerous and possibly deadly.
Typically an infection arises due to an abscess, which is a pocket of pus that forms in your tooth or on your gums. When periodontal disease (gum disease) remains untreated, this infection is allowed to run rampant.
Please be aware of any of these signs of an infection in your tooth or gums:
- Swollen cheek
- Throbbing in your mouth
- Foul odor on breath
- A fever
- Sensitivity to heat, cold, or touch
- Swollen lymph nodes
An infection in the mouth is especially dangerous, as it can quickly spread to other parts of the body, including the brain. If we notice an infection, we will start treatment on it right away. We may need to surgically drain the abscess, and we may also start you on a round of antibiotics.
If the tooth is severely damaged, we may advise a root canal to try to save it, but occasionally the tooth will require extraction. If we remove the tooth, we will advise an implant, a bridge, or a partial denture.