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If Your Tooth Hurts and You Develop a Fever, You Need to Call Our Office Right Away

Posted on 5/20/2019 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
If Your Tooth Hurts and You Develop a Fever, You Need to Call Our Office Right AwayA toothache can mean a lot of different things. It could mean something minor or it could mean that something more serious is going on. It is possible to deal with some tooth pain with OTC medications and home remedies.

But just because the pain is gone, it does not mean the problem that caused the pain is gone too. That is why it is important to consider other symptoms that could mean there is still a problem. One of those symptoms is fever.

How the Body Uses a Fever
When there is an infection in the body, the immune system works to fight the infection. A rise in body temperature is a sign that the body is fighting the infection. The higher body temperature may help the immune system in its fight. The fever breaking is a sign that the body is getting better.

Combining Fever and Tooth Pain

For illnesses such as a cold, the fever is a sign of the body fighting the cold. The cold is something that the immune system can battle without intervention. When the body is showing other symptoms along with the fever, it is often a sign that the body needs help in the fight. Tooth pain is a symptom of a bigger problem that the body will not resolve on its own.

When tooth pain and fever are present, it is a sign of a dental abscess. This is an infection of the tooth. A pus pocket forms at the base of the infection. An abscessed tooth will not resolve on its own. Common treatments include antibiotics and root canals. The longer you wait, the more risk you take for the infection to spread. That is why you need to call our office when you have tooth pain combined with a fever.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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