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Old 01-05-2008, 09:52 AM   #1
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Spinal infection caused by tooth decay?

Hello,

I am wondering if anyone has heard of a tooth cavity/dental infection causing a spinal infection?

I have a cracked wisdom tooth that appears to have a cavity in it and about a month or two after this happened I was diagnosed with a spinal epidural abscess. I had to have surgery and several months of rehabilitation to recover from the compression on my spinal cord.

I talked to an infectious disease specialist to try and pinpoint a cause for the abscess but he did not think the tooth had anything to do with it. The infection was found to be Group B Strep if that gives any clue.

Now that I am getting much better after my surgery I am going to have the tooth taken care of but I just wanted to know if it could possibly be the culprit for this whole situation (despite what the ID doc thinks). Thanks to anyone who can help!

 
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Re: Spinal infection caused by tooth decay?

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Hello,

I am wondering if anyone has heard of a tooth cavity/dental infection causing a spinal infection?

I have a cracked wisdom tooth that appears to have a cavity in it and about a month or two after this happened I was diagnosed with a spinal epidural abscess. I had to have surgery and several months of rehabilitation to recover from the compression on my spinal cord.

I talked to an infectious disease specialist to try and pinpoint a cause for the abscess but he did not think the tooth had anything to do with it. The infection was found to be Group B Strep if that gives any clue.

Now that I am getting much better after my surgery I am going to have the tooth taken care of but I just wanted to know if it could possibly be the culprit for this whole situation (despite what the ID doc thinks). Thanks to anyone who can help!

 
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:46 AM   #3
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Re: Spinal infection caused by tooth decay?

Your teeth can raise all sorts of problems with you due to an infection. I was having HORRIBLE headaches and could not think straight and it was all caused by an infection under one tooth. When the dentist lifted the cap that was there, my gum was black!! I asked why in this modern day and age, the dentists cannot pick up on something like that and I was told that dentistry has not been able to use the MRI.

 
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Re: Spinal infection caused by tooth decay?

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Your teeth can raise all sorts of problems with you due to an infection. I was having HORRIBLE headaches and could not think straight and it was all caused by an infection under one tooth. When the dentist lifted the cap that was there, my gum was black!! I asked why in this modern day and age, the dentists cannot pick up on something like that and I was told that dentistry has not been able to use the MRI.

well,even though im no dentist or doctor ,im sure it isnt possible to have infected your spine,
as for giving headaches yes because the ear ,nose and throat ,are all contected,so can cause headaches and other pain around those area;s but doubt very much in the spine

 
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