I heard that Pericoronitis could cause Ludwig syndrome, which can interfere with breathing. I heard this happens when the lower wisdom tooth is infected. Can this still happen if the upper wisdom tooth is infected? My upper left wisdom tooth is infected. However, I am treating it with antibiotics and warm saltwater.
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I can understand your concern regarding dental health.
First of all, I would like to tell you that Ludwig's angina is not associated with the infection of the upper wisdom tooth. It is associated with infection or pericoronitis of lower partially erupted wisdom tooth. So, if you are having pain in partially erupted lower tooth, then consult an oral surgeon for according advice. And it is good that you are taking care of your upper infected teeth by taking antibiotics and warm saltwater. But, this is not enough for this type of infection. You must consult your dentist to check the condition of the present infection and an x-ray investigation of the same tooth to rule out the spread of infection to the end of the root and for the needful treatment and also for antibiotics dosage. I hope this helps.
X-ray of upper infected wisdom tooth.
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