Complications come and go in the mouth, yet by popping along to see your dentist in Leeds, most can be sorted out quite easily, but this is not the case with a tooth abscess. When an abscess erupts, it starts to mess with the whole of your body; your face will swell uncontrollably and your mouth will be in severe pain once the problem blows up. During all this, the abscess will leak poison into the bloodstream and this is where the condition becomes dangerous, because these toxins will bleed into the brain and in some cases, it can put you into a coma and a life threatening situation. It all starts with poor oral hygiene which leads to tooth decay; once the inside of your tooth has been infected, it has nowhere to go and will then infect the surrounding gum tissue, causing a build up of poison and hence, lead to the abscess. Take no chances with this and if you can’t get hold of your dentist, get to the hospital, because you need to be pumped full of antibiotics to prevent things from going further. Only then can your dentist get to work on the tooth by doing a root canal to clear the infection from within the tooth. However, by getting your first abscess, it means that you have opened a portal to hell: abscesses don’t back down and they have a habit of coming back and if they do, the only way you can stop yourself treading dangerously again is to have the tooth removed.