Can teeth cause death?
However, tooth decay and gum disease are not trivial and should never be considered as such. They are chronic diseases, and can be the root cause for systemic infections and degenerative conditions which may eventually lead to death. Yes, death can be caused by a simple toothache.
It's not so much that you'll die of pain, of course, but dentists and research confirm that an untreated abscess can infect other parts of the body, either through the bones or the bloodstream. Most people won't die from a toothache, but it's a condition that if left untreated can lead to the worst: a fatal result.
- Dental infections and abscessed teeth are a leading reason for emergency dental treatment. A tooth abscess is a painful and serious dental emergency. An abscess is a pus producing bacterial infection that causes pain and swelling that needs immediate attention.
- An abscessed tooth represents a severe infection that is located in a part of your body that is uniquely located to spread its damage elsewhere. Infected gums can damage the jaw bone and cause teeth to fall out. The infection can spread to the brain through blood vessels and lead to a brain abscess.
- Skin abscesses. However, antibiotics alone may not be enough to clear a skin abscess, and the pus may need to be drained to clear the infection. If a skin abscess isn't drained, it may continue to grow and fill with pus until it bursts, which can be very painful and can cause the infection to spread or recur.
Updated: 11th December 2019