An infection in a tooth or area of the gum can cause facial swelling. Depending on the severity of the infection, the gum can quickly increase in size. A dental infection can spread and infect the eyes or the neck. If left untreated, a serious dental infection can result in hospitalization. Therefore, facial swelling should be taken seriously. Call our office immediately at the first sign of any facial swelling. Your dentist will determine if you have an infection and what treatment is necessary.
Facial swelling caused by a dental problem can rapidly become more serious. Swelling can quickly spread to the neck and airway and cause difficulty in breathing; or infection can enter the blood and cause septicemia, or blood poisoning. If left unattended, facial swelling can even result in death. So don't delay if you experience sudden facial swelling; this may be the beginning of a medical emergency requiring swift action! Call our office immediately and seek a professional consultation to prevent a more severe medical problem.