Swelling& Infection

Facial swelling in today’s dentistry is thankfully quite rare.

If patients are left untreated with chronic infections that are long-standing, they can develop into serious facial swellings.

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Causes of infections

Causes of infections

It is imperative that the mouth is kept clean and healthy, as swelling and infection can lead to serious issues.

The main causes of infections can include:

  • Long-standing deep dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Partially erupted teeth or wisdom teeth
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Underlying medical conditions and deficiencies
  • Trauma to the face

Patients will often need antibiotics or local resolution of the infected area. The prognosis of the offending tooth is often poor with such a high level of infection and treatment would vary from root canal treatment to simply extracting the tooth and allowing the infection to drain.

Prevention is the key with regular checkups, and following your dentist’s treatment recommendations.

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