How to go about treating an abscessed tooth when there is no dentist available. It can be easy to treat a dental abscess with the right dental treatment. But, there are rare instances when complications can happen. Many complications occur as the result of the spread of bacterial infection if the abscess is not treated.
According to Health Service Executive, the most common complications of a dental abscess include the following:
An untreated dental abscess can result to the development of a cavity filled with fluid at the bottom part of the tooth’s root called dental cyst. This cyst can get infected, requiring treatment using antibiotics. It can be removed through surgery with the patient placed under local anesthetic.
Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis
It is a rare condition that occurs as the result of spread of bacteria from the dental abscess. Out of 10 cavernous sinus thrombosis cases, it is estimated that 1 starts as a dental infection.
Bacterial spread causes the formation of blood clot in a large vein under the brain. The condition can even become life threatening in more severe cases although it can be treated with surgery or antibiotics for draining the sinus.
A form of bone infection, osteomyelitis is due to the spread of bacteria from the dental abscess to the bloodstream. The condition can result to nausea, fever, and extreme pain in the particular bone affected that can also be in the surrounding area of the dental abscess.
But, once the infection spreads through the blood, it can affect pretty much any bone in the body. Injecting or orally taking antibiotics can help treat osteomyelitis.
Doom and Bloom Medical shares some further useful information on dental abscesses in off-grid settings.
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