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When is face swelling a Dental Emergency?

Facial swelling can be caused by a range of factors including injuries, allergic reactions to food or medications, consuming a high-salt diet, or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. It's important to note, however, that facial swelling can also be an indicator of a severe bacterial infection, particularly in cases of tooth abscess, which is considered a dental emergency, let's break down when exactly is face swelling considered a dental emergency?

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When is face swelling a Dental Emergency?

What are the symptoms of a Tooth Abscess

Facial swelling can be a sign of a tooth abscess, which is a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection. This condition can occur due to an injury, untreated cavity, or previous dental work. Some common symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:

  • Swelling in your face or cheek

  • Severe, throbbing, and constant toothache 

  • Sensitivity to extreme temperatures

  • Fever

  • Swollen and/or sore lymph nodes 

  • Difficulty swallowing (can also indicate a severe allergic reaction)

  • Foul-tasting discharge in your mouth followed by a decrease in pain ****

***If you are experiencing the last symptom, this could be that the abscess has ruptured, which is very serious.

Infection can spread to the surrounding tissues and bones, leading to a potentially life-threatening complication called Ludwig's angina. This severe infection affects the floor of the mouth, tongue, and throat, making it difficult to breathe. It can also cause swelling, fever, and difficulty swallowing.

It is extremely important to seek immediate dental care if you notice any signs of a dental abscess. A dentist can diagnose the condition and prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. If necessary, the dentist may also need to drain the abscess to eliminate the pus and relieve pressure. Delaying treatment can result in severe complications, so it is crucial to act fast.

Call our helpful receptionists at Toowoomba Dental on (07) 4646 4236  to book your emergency appointment.

When to call us if you suspect you have a tooth abscess

If you experience facial swelling, dentists are usually the most qualified professionals to address any related complaints. It is critical to schedule an appointment with a dentist immediately if you notice any signs or symptoms of a tooth abscess. Unfortunately, an abscessed tooth will not improve without seeking professional treatment.

Other less serious dental problems can also lead to swelling of the jaw or face. Such issues include untreated tooth grinding (also known as bruxism) and jaw tension. So it's always best to bring any of these concerns up with your Toowoomba Dental Dentist.

In the case you are experiencing a tooth abscess, please call us immediately for emergency dental care.


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