What are some of the symtoms of a tooth infection if undetected for a long period of time. I have off and on fever (102.4F) and achiness all over – mostly in my legs. The reason I think it’s because of my teeth is because I have several teeth that are wide open due to fillings falling out and have been abcessed a couple of times. Can I develop poisoning in my system from my teeth.
- Steve from California
Your fever and general malaise could well be because of your teeth. Yes, teeth infections do poison your system, and the symptoms would be exactly what you are experiencing. You need to see a dentist.
The thing I worry about is that when you go to the dentist, you’ll probably just have these teeth extracted. But that will compound your problems down the road, because you won’t be able to chew well, and will then gradually have all your teeth extracted, experience facial collapse, and end up with shrunken jaws that can’t even hold a set of dentures. All big holes in teeth start out as small holes that need simple fillings.