Is a Tooth Infection Really Dangerous?

I have a back tooth (not the wisdom tooth) that broke a while ago. Now the area hurts and my cheek is swollen. It is also starting to hurt in my neck. Someone told me this is dangerous, but I just don’t have money for a dentist right now. Is it really that dangerous or …

Should I See an Oral Surgeon?

I had a root canal treatment some years ago. It was not a pleasant experience and I will admit I did not follow up well. My dentist didn’t either so I never had the cap placed on it. The next thing I know the filling fell out and shortly after that the tooth started hurting …

My Crown Feels Weird

I don’t like going to the dentist. Because I avoided it, I ended up having to get a root canal treatment and a dental crown. It’s felt weird from the beginning, but my dentist said that is just because I’m not used to the new crown. I decided to give it a few weeks, but …

Can a Tooth Infection Cause a Fever?

Can you help me? My dentist is being very particular about who he sees in the office because of the pandemic. He won’t see my daughter because she has a fever, but I think the fever is because of her tooth infection. He is saying that a tooth infection cannot cause a fever and therefore …

Root Canals and Salivary Glands

My daughter has had two unilateral salivary gland infections. I do know that she has had root canal treatment near those areas. Is it at all possible that the infections from her root canal treatments could have spread and infected her salivary glands? Penny Dear Penny, It is always possible for an infected tooth to …

No Money & a Tooth Infection

I have no job at the moment and am also without dental insurance. I was already missing a tooth in the back of my mouth, but now there seems to be an infection on one of the other teeth. It hurts like mad and my cheek is swelling. What kind of treatment do I need? …

Infected Wisdom Teeth No Money

I have two decaying wisdom teeth. I’m unemployed at the moment and running out of money. Would it be better if I went to the ER or if I saw a doctor and got some antibiotics? Perry Dear Perry, I know you are in a pickle, but antibiotics are not going to solve a tooth …

Dentist Won’t Remove Tooth

I have an impacted wisdom tooth and another tooth near it that has had a root canal. Here are my issues. The impacted wisdom tooth is infected and needs to come out. However, the root-canaled tooth has never felt right. I want him to remove both teeth at once, but he is absolutely refusing and …

Root Canal on a Veneered Tooth

I had four porcelain veneers done. One of the teeth started bothering me. I really thought it was actually a sinus infection but instead, it turned out I developed a periapical abscess. My dentist said that means I need a root canal treatment. Will this ruin my porcelain veneer? Can I avoid the root canal …

Can a Broken Tooth Get Infected?

I have a tooth that broke a while back. I didn’t really do anything about it and eventually, more of it broke off so it is pretty much just the stuff underneath. The hole where the tooth used to be is hurting on and off. When it does hurt it is hard for me to …