Everyone reacts to pain in different ways. Some people can tolerate more pain than others. While it is great that some people can ignore the pain they feel from a toothache, there is a reason they need to recognize the pain.
Pain is a sign that something is wrong in the body and when it comes to pain in a tooth, it could mean an abscessed tooth. This is what happens if you decide to ignore the pain of an abscessed tooth and why you should never do it.
Understanding the Tooth Pain
An abscessed tooth is extremely painful. The problem some people have is that there are ways to manage the pain. They can turn to rinsing with warm salt water, OTC pain relievers and OTC anesthetics. For some people these methods can reduce the swelling associated with an abscessed tooth and can cause the pain to go away for a little while. People assume that if they do not feel the pain, they do not have to worry about the abscess.
Just because you found a way to manage or ignore the pain from an abscess does not mean it is okay to ignore it. Instead, when you ignore the pain and do not get treatment for the abscess, you are putting yourself at risk for more serious issues.
What Can Happen Complications from an untreated abscess can range from minor issues to severe health issues that can put a person in the hospital and that can threaten their life. The problems of ignoring the pain of an abscess can lead to:
More Pain - The infection from the abscess can spread to other parts of the mouth and to other parts of the body. The result is more pain than from the original abscess. The pain is not limited to the mouth.
Gum Disease - The infection can lead to gum disease and can cause you to lose teeth and to struggle with other oral health issues.
Sepsis - This condition is when an infection spreads throughout the body. It can impact and cause your organs to fail and is a life-threatening condition that requires hospitalization.
In rare cases, ignoring the pain can lead to abscesses ian the brain, blockage of the airway and infection of the blood. The best way to avoid any of these problems is to call our office when you have pain from an abscess.
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