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Can an Untreated Dentoalveolar Abscess Cause Complications?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Beaverton Oral Surgeons
[[[pic:Mature-couple-smiling-with-arms-holding-each-other.jpg|400||right|TPimgRight|Older couple smiling after making dental appointment at Beaverton Oral Surgeons in Hillsboro, OR]] ]A dentoalveolar abscess is an oral lesion characterized by pus buildup beneath the alveolar bone at the tooth root. The alveolar bone provides structural support to the teeth and connects to the root apex via periodontal fibers. The primary causes of this condition include bacterial infections, poor dental hygiene, excess consumption of high-sugar or acidic foods, periodontal disease, dental trauma, and untreated tooth cavities. This guide explains common complications of untreated dental abscesses.

Maxillary Sinusitis

Maxillary sinusitis is a condition characterized by bilateral or unilateral facial pain near the site affected by a dentoalveolar abscess. The infection may spread between the air spaces behind the upper jaw and cheeks, leading to fever, nasal clogging, sore throat, and headache.


If you do not treat a dental abscess, the bacteria might infiltrate your bloodstream and infect the bone near the diseased area. You might experience heightened fever, severe discomfort, and nausea. The infection can travel to the limbs, spine, and arms, leading to further complications.

Ludwig Angina

Ludwig angina is a severe and potentially fatal condition caused by a bacterial infection affecting the floor of the mouth, tongue, and neck. The infection from the dental abscess might spread to these areas, causing breathing problems and warranting a medical emergency.

Cerebral Abscess

If left unaddressed, a dentoalveolar abscess can be severe, leading to a cerebral abscess. This condition causes pus buildup in the brain, resulting in more adverse symptoms, from seizures and mental confusion to cerebritis and migraines.

Systemic Complications

An untreated dentoalveolar abscess can cause systemic complications. Patients may have difficulty breathing and swallowing food. It can also result in visibly swollen lymph nodes.

Contact Our Practice Today

Dentoalveolar abscesses require timely diagnosis and treatment. Our qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeons can help treat advanced dentoalveolar abscesses. We use safe and effective techniques to drain the pus from the lesion and clean the wound, restoring your oral health. Contact us to book an appointment for professional surgical treatment.

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