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My tooth infection keeps coming back. Can it signify something more serious?

I have a tooth infection that keeps coming back despite treatment. Is this a sign of something more serious?

22 Answers

Depends on where the infection is. Is it in the bone, in the gum or in the pulp of the tooth?
Get a second opinion and tell your physician about it. It is possible that there is an underlying systemic condition such as diabetes, but I cannot tell you what is going on based on limited information. AllI can say is that the infection must be controlled or resolved.
I'm not sure what you mean by tooth infection. You may need a root canal. This is not something to wait on as it could spread to other parts of your body like your brain or heart. See a dentist immediately.
You need to see your dentist to find out why the infection keeps returning. Maybe there is a fracture in the tooth or the tooth needs a root canal. The dentist can perform a professional exam and take any X-rays that may be needed to figure out why the infection keeps returning.
Yes! Go back to the treating doctor for evaluation
Sometimes bacteria is trapped inside the tooth when a root canal is performed. These require retreatment which includes placement of medicine within the tooth to eliminate the bacterial presence. Necrotic teeth should not be completed in a single visit IMHO. Oral antibiotics WILL NOT eliminate the source of your problem which is the bacteria present within your tooth. Oral antibiotics can only be delivered via your blood vessels. Necrotic/ dead/ teeth with root canals are dead and do not have blood vessels. You need to have an endodontist evaluate it. Please let us know if you would like us to evaluateit.
It very well may be. You should seek the advice and assistance of a Dental professional. When you say the infection keeps coming back despite treatment, that leads me to believe that you are currently under the care of a dentist. If you are, and your dentist cannot provide either the appropriate treatment to resolve the issue, or an acceptable explanation as to the cause of your issue, then I would seek a second opinion from another dentist.
This is a source of infection in your body and the treatment should be discussed with your dentist.
Yes, it is definitely not good.
If the exact cause has not been diagnosed and effectively treated, this DOES indicate the need for further professional evaluation.
I recommend to try one more time, but if it keeps coming, maybe a specialized surgeon can help. But only at the recommendation of own dentist.
If the infection keeps coming back, it usually means the source of the infection was not completely removed. There are several things that can cause tooth And gum infection or the sensation of this thatis referred from a different tooth. I would visit the dentist for further evaluation. The source of the infection requires removal or more serious consequences can occur.
Any recurring infection must be treated ASAP to find the cause.
There can be many reasons for an infection to return. I would strongly recommend seeing your dentist as it is impossible to tell what the cause of the infection is without x-rays. In cases where a simple x-ray doesn't show the cause, your dentist can refer you for a special x-ray CBCT (Dental beam computed Tomography) which will show a 3D image of the tooth, its surrounding structure and potential cause of the infection.
Sometimes tooth can be saved and need to be extracted.
Infection is not good in the body. That tooth might need root canal, of it is already done maybe it is cracked and need another method to clear the infection.
To give an accurate diagnosis, my recommendation is to get this evaluated ASAP.
Yes, any tooth infection can be dangerous for your health, too. You need to see your dentist and treat the source of infection.
A differential diagnosis must be used in order to isolate the etiology or cause of the discomfort in other words X-ray, microelectronic evaluation of the dental pulp, searching for hairline fractures that do not show up on the X-ray, possibly decay left in the tooth for one reason or another. Sometimes it is prudent to put a sedative dressing near the base of the restoration in order to avoid exposure of the nerve and allow the dressing and the temporary to let new Denton form. These are just a few examples of what's causing repetitive pain in an otherwise well restored tooth at some point in time a decision needs to be made as to the actual viability of the tooth itself and possibly extract it.
Tooth infection doesn’t go away unless the cause of it is removed so taking one dose of antibiotics after another doesn’t do anything so the tooth getting infected should either get extracted or root canaled.
Yes, it can. A dentist needs to see your X-rays to fully diagnose your problem.
I will assume you had a root canal done. Sometimes they fail (5% of the time). The reason to look at is why. Sometimes there's an extra canal that was, for whatever reason, was missed. Sometimes, there's a connection to the gums that needs to be dealt with. And occasionally, it just fails. You need to go back to the treating dentist.