ugh asked in HealthDental · 1 decade ago

When can a dental infection kill you?

I had a big filling in an upper molar about 3 months ago. The gum area and side of the tooth feel mildly sore and sensitive to cold (but not hot) and I get this aching in the right side of my cheek bone, head and in my ear. Is this the kind of infection that can kill people? Does it take an abscess to cause a serious systemic problem, will dental xrays always tell you if you have something potentially serious?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A large filling may have sensitivity for a while depending on the depth of the filling. If there is an abcess on that tooth, it can be seen on a dental xray and usually above the tooth on the gums. If you are concerned, visit your dentist and let them take a look.

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