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How an Abscess Can Turn Into Ludwig's Angina


Posted on 12/15/2019 by Palisades Surgical Arts
How an Abscess Can Turn Into Ludwig's AnginaA tooth abscess occurs when bacteria in the mouth infects the sensitive tissue underneath the tooth. This tissue is often called pulp and consists of gum tissue and nerve endings that help your teeth feel food in your mouth.

Tooth abscesses are typically dealt with by performing a root canal or removing the tooth, however, if they aren't taken care of properly, they can develop into an illness called Ludwig's angina.

Ludwig's angina is an infection of the area extending across the bottom of the mouth. This illness can be very painful, and if not taken care of properly can cause serious dental issues, including advanced gum disease and tooth decay leading to the loss of teeth. Some symptoms of Ludwig's angina are tongue swelling, collection of pus on the bottom of the mouth, neck pain, swelling of the gums, and trouble swallowing food. Occasionally, people suffering from Ludwig's angina may also have trouble breathing.

What You Can Do

To avoid Ludwig's angina, it's important to treat tooth abscesses as soon as possible. In order to avoid tooth abscesses, you need to conduct good oral hygiene. Treatment for this illness includes removing the abscessed tooth and prescribing antibiotics. In some extreme cases, it may be necessary to unobstructed your airway by placing a breathing tube into your mouth.

The healing process of Ludwig's angina can take a while and careful precautions need to be taken to prevent reinfection. It's important to take your antibiotics as instructed until they are all gone and conduct good oral hygiene once you have healed from the removal of your tooth abscess. If you would like more information or think you may have Ludwig's angina, we are here to help. Stop by our office or give us a call, and we will help you to the fullest of our ability.
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