Toothaches can be very painful and even life threatening. In the late 1800s tooth infections were a leading cause of death in the Uinted States. Tooth infections result when the nerve dies in the tooth from trauma or a cavity. When the nerve or pulp dies, a poison is released into the surrounding jaw causing pain and swelling. If the swelling continues, it could jepordize breathing, cause eye infections and loss of vision, brain abscess, and heart infections leading to death. If you have any major swelling it is important to seek medcial attention from a dentist, or emergency room immediately.
Many times an abcessed tooth can be treated and saved with a root canal treatment. Sometinmes the tooth requires extraction. So don’t wait, get your cavities fixed before it detroys the nerve and requires root canal treatment or extraction.

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