How will I know if my tooth infection spread to my brain or other parts of my body??? Scared... I have a sinus infection and eye infection. Are all of these related??? Saw a dentist and doctor recently. I've had all sorts of symptoms for 2 + months. I'm so scared that I hVe a brain abscess. Please help... Thank you...
I feel I should add some things. This all started 2 months ago with head pressure. I scared myself silly. I went to 4 doctors, the er, and to the dentist. At that time I had 4 teeth (3 wisdom and a molar) that had cavities. At that appt. The dentist said there was no infection. Was going through a lot of stress, still am, and am really scared about my health all of a sudden. Saw my doctor on Wednesday and he said it sounded like anxiety. Dentist on Thursday, said I had a tooth infection. Freaked out, bc I know that this can spread to your brain. I've had a stye and a sinus infection, so now I'm convinced that it's spreading to my brain. My doctor said it's unlikely, so did the dentist. I'm taking an antibiotic and will be getting the infected tooth out next week. Possibly all 4... It's a top molar that's infected. Could you give me some kind of symptoms on what would happen if it did spread??? Since the head pressure started, I've had horrible health anxiety. As in, I've been researching online every waking moment, not doing anything I should be doing. I'm taking something for the anxiety, but the doc says it takes a bit to work. Is there any test I should be getting to see if it's spreading??? Would the dentist have been able to tell??? He said there's a "minor infection", and didn't seem concerned at all. Any help would be very much appreciated...
Please try not to worry about this spreading to your brain. If it were, you would not be writing online, you'd be so sick you couldn't function at all. You would have a raging fever and delirium with a headache where you couldn't see straight. You would KNOW you were very seriously ill. There is no mistaking or questioning.
You have antibiotics so that will not happen. You are addressing the dental problems so you now have that under control. From what you relate, I would say you have your entire situation WELL under control and taking care of it.
It's easy to let anxiety get out of hand when you have numerous things occurring at the same time. Your head pressure feeling probably comes from the tooth. An upper molar can make the sinus feel full and cause the head pressure you describe. It's normal for an upper tooth infection for things to feel this way. Antibiotics take around three days to work.
You have this under control. Try to rest a bit easier that all will go well.
Good luck with your extraction. My bet is that will go easily also and you will be able to come back with a success story!
I really appreciate your response. I have been so scared, I've been crying! I do have a headache on the same side, but I think it's from the crying. I've been through so much with this anxiety in the last 2 months. It literally popped up out of no where. I've always been a worry wart, but never like this. The dentist didn't mention an abscess, just a tooth infection. Are they the same thing??? It's really weird, bc I don't have pain or swelling in that area.
Please don't cry. Everything really will be fine.
The pressure feeling is probably from the minor infection around the tooth root.
Your dentist gave you the antibiotics so it won't get any worse. In a few days he will be able to remove the tooth. All the pressure feeling should go away as it heals. I know it's easy for me to say try to relax, but that's what I will say.
Do try to relax. You really have nothing to worry about here as you are doing exactly what you should be doing.
And, ah yes, the crying headache. I do believe I've had one or two of those myself. Don't worry. This will all be well.
I'm trying!!! Since this has been going on, I've been freaking out. Needless to say it's put a huge weight on my fiancé and my relationship, and on my relationship with my six year old son... I'm constantly scared. Wake up shaking... Which went away when I was told it was anxiety, but now is back. It's so scary. I'm assuming if the infection spread, #1 my dentist would have seen something going on, and #2 my doctor would have also. Thanks again, and I hope to keep in touch. It's nice to be able to talk to someone...
Your dentist would have told you if the infection was worse and believe when I say you would know it. There is no question when a tooth is badly infected.
You're doing everything right. It really will be OK. Try to relax by knowing that you are doing everything according to schedule. You need to take the antibiotics for a few days before the tooth comes out. Your dentist has arranged for that with perfect timing. You're taking charge and taking care of the problem. Feel empowered by that and your anxiety will diminish.
I usually check into this site a few times a day. Do let us know how you are doing. We really LOVE success stories!
Hi again... I woke up thi morning feeling extremely anxious. I could feel my heart beating in my head, my pulse rate was high, and my palms and feet are sweating. I cried, again, and blew my nose and ofcourse there was a bit of blood-tinged mucous. This doesn't help. I think now that the infection has moved to my sinuses and is in my brain. I also had a stye a couple of days ago, and believe that that was the infection moving too. Still no severe pain or swelling. My neck is bothering me, and I've had a know begin my ear for 2+ years, and now think that my teeth have been infected that long. Should I go to the er and demand an MRI???
You say you "think" the infection has moved to your brain but seriously there is no medical evidence to support that. I think you've gotten yourself in a tizzy. With all the amount of crying you've been doing I'm really not surprised you have the other symptoms you've described.
It's imperative that you get your anxiety under control. Not doing so is allowing your mind to get away from you and imagining all kinds of things.
Crying is creating most of the problems you're having. Tensing up the muscles in your neck will create all kinds of problems you describe, too.
Take a deep breath and relax. Consider that you're on antibiotics for only a minor infection. The infection will not get away from you and cause more problems. The antibiotics would prevent that. You have been prescribed this by someone that has the medical degree that he spent years to get to back this up. You have to start to believe the people that have the experience to know this better than you. Let them do their job and have confidence that they know it well.
Your dentist said you had a "minor infection". Believe him. He is not lying to you. He gave you antibiotics to cover you for this. Trust that they are doing their job, too.
Your crying is creating all the problems you are now describing. Blood tinged mucous from the sinus is very common with prolonged crying. Seriously, if the infection was getting worse, you would not feel well enough to be online. You would definitely know it and wouldn't be asking questions here. Serious infections present themselves very clearly and without question.
I'm not sure what to tell you to help you relax, but you have to try.
You are becoming your own worse enemy.
Do whatever you do to relax and know that the tooth will be gone soon and everything is fine until then.
Best to you,
Hey... Got my 3 wisdom teeth and one molar pulled on Monday... Awful... I'm really hoping no dry socket or infections follow. I went to my pcp today, and he still says anxiety. I've been crying so much lately, and after my teeth were pulled I started getting dizzy, not spinning, but feel like I might fall over. Having a lot of sinus pain, especially in my cheeks, and headaches in my temples. Can't shake this feeling that something serious is wrong... My doc did a neuro exam today and said if it were something more than anxiety, there would be stronger symptoms and he would be able to find something on this exam. He denied an MRI for me! He said he really doesn't think I need one. Just curious if you have had any dizziness with tooth extraction. Still scared, but trying to calm down.
I really have to agree with your doctors. Crying and anxiety is the problem. Your crying will stuff up your sinuses and make you dizzy. It can give you pressure in your head. It can give you toothaches and tense muscles. All from crying.
Think about it. Do you really think these drs are keeping something from you? If so, why would they do that?
You're anxiety is not allowing you to trust in their judgement. Why would you pay them then? You're paying them, but neither listening nor believing them. Getting this anxiety under control, and understanding that these drs know about these things far better than you will go a long way into controlling the anxiety that is giving you symptoms and problems you need not have at all.
Good luck with this. I hope you can succeed.
My best to you,
Hello again. It's been 4 days... I'm still having strange headaches, but I am also now having pain on one side where an upper wisdom tooth was extracted and an upper pre-molar. I went in today, but only saw a dental assistant. He flushed them all, and put a clove paste on the 3 wisdom teeth. I still can't eat regular foods, b/c it all gets stuck in my teeth... And I can't see the upper wisdom teeth holes bc they were turned towards my cheek... Ugh... I'm afraid that there is food getting trapped and I won't know it. The headaches are mainly in the temple region, and the right sided pain from my teeth, is only there when I lick my lips or move my mouth in a certain way. The dental assistant said no dry socket, but didn't mention anything about infection. Also, when they gave me my teeth, one of them looked almost crystalized around the root??? Would this be an abscess??? It wasn't the tooth that was infected and the dentist didn't mention anything. Still worried about infection. I have no fever, but I am sweating a lot... Which was happening before the teeth came out. Also, after the teeth were pulled I had dizziness 2 days after, it seems to have let up (knock on wood), but just wanted to know if this is typical.
Everything sounds normal! Congratulations for finally getting them out and working through your fear. You will heal now. If there had been any infection the assistant would have seen it. That nothing was mentioned means there is none. You will have headaches for awhile. Your crying stuffed up your sinus and they will now have to recover also. The roots of all teeth can appear different. Any infection is now gone because any infected teeth are gone. Don't worry about food getting trapped. Everyone worries about that and I have yet to hear of it happening after extraction. You are just advised to use good common sense when eating for a few days to allow it to fill in some. Any pain in the immediate dental area is from surgical trauma.
Relax now. This is all normal healing. Give yourself a break and mostly let your sinus recover from a prolonged crying jag.
hi my name is dustin and i was wondering i have been on antibios three time because of my top wisdom teeth they are broken and keep getting infected... wat will happen if the abcess (abscess) gets into my sinus cavaty im making an appt. to get a consult and from there they are going to refer me to a oral surgen but im kinda worried that ill need more surgery to lean out my sinuses too... can you help me out lol thx....
I hope your anxiety has improved by now. Maybe my experience will help you. Three years ago I was treated for a tooth infection. It was quite painful. I had to wait almost two weeks for treatment! So I was given a course of amoxicillin. A Two days into that prescription, I began having SEVERE anxiety! I had trouble with generalized anxiety o disorder in my teens and early 20s, but I got over them by around my 30s, basically by just surviving them and living life. I too have a MORBID fear of dental work. Anyway, fast forward to 3 years ago, as I said I was having terrible anxiety so bad that I could not control it. I literally had to take a leave of absence from work and all I could do was spend most of my time in my bedroom watching TV reruns of old TV shows I found comforting and beading. Oh, and drinking wine. I tried Xanax a couple of times but it made me feel...weird, so I really didn't get into it. But here's the thing; I happened to be reading the side effects of amoxicillin and believe it or not, anxiety is one of them! So how do you like that, we already have anxiety over our condition and then the treatment for it can make the anxiety worse! Well, I want to reassure you that eventually my anxiety did pass and I returned to my old, normal self. I am convinced the amox was what pushed me over the edge and will never take it again, but I also think the infection itself contributed to it. The body is a closed system, all parts work together and it's a delicate balance. It doesn't take much to create subtle changes, that can lead to sudden huge problems if ignoref, as we often do becuz "it's not that bad," or not that noticeable. Please rest assured, you will get better soon. I was able to go back to work after a month post dental treatment, my anxiety had reduced significantly although it was still present and when I had an episode it wasn't totally incapacitating. But it took ALMOST A FULL YEAR for it to completely resolve! So these things take time. Two things may help reassure you further: You can have residual infection in the bony structures surrounding the site of extraction. If you continue to have any symptoms of pain in those areas, get to a dentist immediately for x-rays to check for that. They can treat you with different antibiotics that are better for deeper infection. It's likely NOT in your brain, truly, or you would be much sicker. Google symptoms of osteomyelitis and brain abscess, you will see. Secondly, remember it will take time. Took me a year to return to normal! Thirdly, try changing your diet! It is AMAZING how much it helps! Please read "Heal Tooth Decay Naturally" by Ramy Nagel. He also has a website, www.****.com. Truth is, you CAN heal tooth decay with the methods he advocates, but even he cautions that infections can be serious and deadly and to see a dentist if you aren't having success. Infection does need to be treated promptly and not messed around with, but you have done that by getting treatment so you should begin seeing improvement every day. As far as your anxiety that may take longer to clear up, but for me it really helps just knowing someone else experienced it and got better. Give yourself time, breathe, think about what I've said here--it WILL get better!--read books (really helps distract you and "take you away" from it), or watch shows that calm you, and change your diet and you will get better. Trust the process, and I wish you a speedy recovery!
I recently went to the dentist for a broken decaying tooth. the dentist pulled my tooth upper molar. The dentist didn't give anything. went back three days later due to the pain. He then gave me a prescription for amoxicillin and percocets, its now five days later and still same pain. I been on the antibiotics for this is now my second day taking them. Any idea on when this pain should stop. or should I go back to my dentist
8 very I'll untreated infection in my bone and broken teeth I can barely see I'm in a scary delirium I can barely function to write or see this I been untreated for a serious bone infection top and bottom teeth broken exposed I done have insurance I've been waiting a year or so for a church to help me I'm bed ridden my head hurt my bone teeth ringing in ears and head blurred triple vision I'm so weak I can't get up I'm using my cell phone text to reach out for help I can't see hardly I'm confused and all seems like a scary dream I'm nauseated vomiting fever I try to control with ibuprofen can't think strait pain heart is doing something weird can't move hardly with out feeling I'm going to pass out my heart going very fast infection was seen over a year ago then a few months ago t hen 1 math ago was seen by dentist who said I was badly infected in my jaw and teeth but was told to get help for surgery from church they know I'm in danger but I'm still waiting because I don't have money nor insurance I'm so scared my lips are dried and cracked open I have open wounds that don't heal please some one tell me if this sounds like it's moved into my brain I feel it has due to mental delirium fever sight messed up can't see strait help please and thank u
Hi I'm Anthony and I've had an abcess (abscess) tooth since I was 17 and now I'm 31 and its been somewhat of a pain not a lot of pain or swelling and not a lot of pus anymore about a year ago is when the pain started but only for
day and now the pain only starts when I put pressure on the affected area above my front tooth then it swells...and beside my nose on the right side it is sore and feels like the other root hurts but my tooth beside the one that hurts looks. like it is crooked now like its moving away from the other tooth and the swelling isn't bad not like it was when I had feeling. in the front tooth and I'm not sure now if its getting ready to fall out or what cause my front tooth is like a gray color now and very little feeling in it what should I do cause I can't afford a dentist right now?!
Hi I'm Darrell I have a wisdom tooth on the bottom left side infected I've been on amox 875mg every 12 hours the pain in my tooth stopped hurting after a few day's of taking the meds for it but my mouth is still sore and I can't really open my mouth I don't know if this will go away after awhile I still got 2 more days of the amox 875mg to take today is the 9th and I've been taking them since the 4th should the infection be almost cleared up by now and still waiting to see a dentist got to call for appt on Monday because there close on weekends. I have really bad anxiety and I'm always thinking this will kill me if anyone can put my mind to rest about this I would like too really thank you so much.
BONE INFECTION IS AN MEDICAL EMERGENCY CALL 911
Get someone to take you to the hospital now
You have to go now it can be fatal no kidding around.
Look the hospital does see people even when they have no insurance
What a crazy system where people can be dying and because they
have no insurance they would rather wait and possibly die! Absolute
broken medical system
It's true I've been fighting 2\3 abscess two on my bottom one on top visit the er every few months to get antibiotics however the infection always comes back I have lost about 7 teeth in back on all 4sides I have medicare. I can't even get a cleaning they won't do it they say I need few root canals few extractions I noticed over time heart beats fast harder at times feel swollen bloted at times I feel tired all the time currently waiting on ssi appeal s date I think fighting my dental issues have only made my depression anxiety mood swings worse there's one place medicare of fl referred me to costal dental however 80$ needed upfront only for first visit and I'm a single parent of 3 yr income under 9000. There's just nothing to save to afford the dental surgery I need I mean I heard of people going broke waiting on disability but never slowly dying because let's face it foks if I let it go longer its been sometime already it juys might kill me I'm 35 I had perfect teeth before I got myself into a controlling abusive relationship with my children's father that lasted a decade that's how this dental issue started .since won full custody n moved from my to here in fl . let's face it economics in the US is going bad I just heard that loto not even paying winners smh ..this government don't seem to care about its own people
Let's face it: People who land on this page are likely to not only have a tooth related infection but also concern that it may be spreading. Moreover and more importantly, they are likely not to have insurance or anyway to pay for proper diagnosis and treatment. Heck, that's why I'm here: Trying to figure out symptoms, possible dangers and possible self-imposed courses of action.
As others here have noted, our medical system, government and dare I say whole world is broken. This page attests to that and to the sad reality that those listed just don't care.
It's my belief that the comparison of people to sheep may be more accurate than the term "sheeple" might at first suggest. We are shered through taxes, licenses, permits, fines, etc. throughout our lives and at our deaths the wolves rush in to further claim any assets that may remain. We are corralled into a system designed to bleed us dry at every turn.
For instance, me being in a similar predicament as those expressed on this page, just phoned a pharmacy to see if there was such a thing as an over-the-counter anti-biotic - there is not. Thus forcing the doctor/hospital visit which I can neither afford nor wait for. Medical prices prop up insurance companies, insurance companies prop up employment, employment props up government, and all of it props up corruption - and round-and-round we go.
My predicament? Unemployed 15 years due to medical issues which SSD said both wasn't "severe" enough and that they didn't think me credible - both hogwash, but it keeps MY money in their pockets. I guess I must be taking it -- for 15 years - without a penny from anyone, anywhere.
Assessed tooth pulled by a charity about 2 weeks ago - yes I finally found one after my tooth got destroyed and infected - but no antibiotics prescribed. Figured out late Saturday night, that an infection may be spreading to my slightly swollen eye_BALL, with now blurred vision, pressure in my sinuses, pressure in my head, etc. All "mild" enough to make me doubt just enough to not go to an emergency room that I cannot afford and today being Sunday cannot contact anyone to "try" to get an antibiotic- not sure who to call anyhow, I have no doctor and the charity takes weeks to return calls, etc.
So, that's how I found this page. *sigh*
Hope you all are doing better but, yes, our world is severely broken.
I came here the same way as you. My face is a little puffy from an old broken tooth's infection flaring up. Fortunately I think the awesome, burning power of chewing a peeled garlic clove is saving me from going to the ER for antibiotics this time. I read that garlic's a natural antibiotic, but this is actually working pretty fast for me. I had also brushed really well along teeth and gums first, then chewed the garlic and swished it around the infected tooth area. It burned for a while after I spit it out, then started to feel cool and now I taste the drainage.. which means of course, my infection's connected to sinus. But at least it's working this time. I hope I can get a dentist soon. Well, hope this helps.
I am anxious too. Had an abscessed molar, took Amoxicillin for a week prior to extraction, and bone graft. Then was given Azithromycin for 5 days following that. My cheek, and gum were very painful, like an opened wound. I blamed the dental instruments to hold the corner of my mouth open. Started taking 2 mg Vicodin, alternating with Alieve caplet...just to sleep, and for ache during the day just Alieve.
Went to the dentist today, to get stitches out, and I still had infection, so have to wait for 5 days while starting yet another antibiotic called Clindamycin. (4 a day, x 7 days.
I have had weird sensation in right temple for 3 days.
(I am also a Type 2 diabetic, so have thoughts about things not healing right. Ugh.
Hope you are doing well by now. It is no fun. Sorry you are anxious. <3
My name is Tami and im a proud Canadian! I can't imagine a world where you can't go to the hospital or dentist if you don't have insurance :( here healthcare is free, and i deff dont take that for granted now reading all of these comments. My prayers are with you all ! <3
I have to say that if an infection is in a bone, possibly spreading to your brain or throat then it is a medical emergency. Go to the ER anyway!!
I am very lucky to live in the UK where we have free healthcare although its very difficult to find a NHS dentist and we still have to pay something towards our dental work. A checkup is around 30.00 and altogether the bill should not come to more than 100.00. However, that can still be a lot to someone who doesn't have it.
I have just had a minor emergency of my own. I am someone who does not believe in antibiotics except for emergencies. There are plenty of natural antibiotics and things you can do to heal a tooth infection. I have healed several of mine without an antibiotic so when my niggly toothache turned into a major sore pain in the *** a few days ago, I got out the oregano, cloves etc etc. However, what I didn't realise is that a wisdom tooth infection can act very differently . . .
After three days of self treatment I felt good enough to have a normal working day (I am self employed and as long as the work is done by the end of the week it does not matter when I do it). So I worked most the day, cleaned and went shopping. When I got back from shopping I didn't feel too good and went to bed. I had noticed the swelling had moved, the actual tooth was nowhere near as sore but I felt unwell. I googled the swelling moving in case it was a sign of something more serious but got no hits and was too tired to keep looking so went to bed. The next day (yesterday morning) I woke up in agony, my throat hurt badly, my ear and my glands were really swollen. I was determined to self treat so I carried on with all the usual medicines ect. However, by around ten pm I didn't know what to do with myself for pain. I could not swallow even my own saliva ( I had to keep spitting in a cup) and I was starting not to be able to breathe properly due to my throat having swollen up. I am currently staying at a friends (I am officially homeless. I had to be out of my old place way before my new house was ready. Life as been a nightmare recently). I raided her medicine cabinet and THANK GOD I found some antibiotics. I googled the dosage and took just under enough for my weight. However these antibiotics were evil. I started to sweat profusely, feel sick and before I knew it, I was projectile vomiting. Since I hadn't eaten a thing in four days (even on the day I felt better I had no appetite) I threw up to my bile. I felt like death. However, within half an hour I started to feel better and noticed my pain had gone down to a reasonable level - I even felt hungry!! I could not believe it!!
I am sat here with a pancake with a slice of cheese, mostly uneaten because I still cant open my mouth wide enough to get it in or chew and it is still very painful to swallow. I want it but my body still isn't well enough to process it . . However, there is no doubt that those antibiotics saved my *** (this coming from someone who thinks antibiotics should be banned save for emergencies because they are killing us).
I have lots of advice for anyone suffering with a tooth infection:
Many times you CAN successfully treat ANY infection at home. What did we do before antibiotics??! However, there is the odd time when antibiotics are needed, especially if you are at all immune compromised. I am severely anemic at the minute and I sure that has contributed to me not being able to successfully treat this myself plus the fact that this was a wisdom tooth abscess and what I have just described is a higher risk for them - infection spreading to the throat that is.
My advice to anyone who intends to self treat - google your infection and know the warning signs of a medical emergency. Use common sense. If you are not mostly mended within five days or the pain is unbearable then seek help or take antibiotics.
You can buy antibiotics off the internet. I suggest that everyone should do this and keep a packet or two for such occasions. However, there are plenty of ways to treat an infection without antibiotics and a quick google search will tell you everything. I have treated three or four in the past myself (non wisdom teeth) with no complications.
Such things like garlic, oregano, baking soda (bicarb in UK), acv, cayenne pepper, liquorice, cloves, pau d arco, sage, onions, potatoes, salt water, alcohol, peroxide (food grade), tea bag poultice, clay etc etc. The list is endless ad there are far more things that I have mentioned here that can help.
My email is ***@****. I don't mind having it out there. If anyone needs advice then they can email me but I would advise them to do a thorough google check first since it will probably be quicker and there should not be any delay in treating an infection. NEVER leave an infection. ALWAYS do something even if it is natural. This will mean you will get better faster and are more likely to save your tooth (if this is here the infection is of course since I am aiming this advice at all infections). By the way, natural remedies are slower than antibiotics so please bear this in mind. Also, using several remedies at the same time will get you better results than just taking one.
Oh and one last tip - garlic is a very good antibiotic but it needs to raw. You also need to take around 6 cloves per day so a bit of garlic bread is not going to cut it people!!
There is a two way connection between mouth and body. So it is important to get proper check up so the possible treatment can be started on time. You can contact Dr. William for dental treatment. He is the one of the best dentist in Wichita Falls.
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