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Does a tooth decay result in oral cancer?

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Posted on Wed, 3 Aug 2016
Question: Hi

I have got a rotten teeth in the right upper jaw from last 4 years and its not aching. I had visited doctor last year and she suggested for root canal. I couldnt get myself treated at that time.

Now I am worried that even though my tooth is not aching , is it harming my overall health? Also if some piece of food gets stucked overnight in the morning it smells very bad. I will get this fixed but I just want yo confirm the urgency of it and is it going to cause any advanced disease like mouth cancer or any problem in stomach.

Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Honey Arora (39 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Does not cause oral cancer, do not worry..

Detailed Answer:
Hi..
Welcome to HEALTHCARE MAGIC..

I have gone through your query and can understand your concerns..

As per your complain if you have a rotten or deeply decayed tooth, it generally cause localised symptoms like pus formation, pain, swelling and bad smell from mouth along with difficulty in chewing..
In case if there is excess of pus formation then it can also lead to stomach infection due to swallowing of pus but is generally not severe and not very common to happen..
In case if the infection is not treated and it gets progressing it can lead to Cellulitis that is infection in the deeper tissues and in very advanced causes it can be fatal..
But as your tooth is painless you need not to worry as your case does not seems to be anything serious..
But as you have a decayed tooth getting root canal treatment done can help in saving the tooth as after root canal treatment followed by capping of the tooth can help in saving it as if the decay keeps progressing the tooth might needs extraction..

Any further queries are welcome.

Hope this information helps..

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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Follow up: Dr. Honey Arora (13 hours later)
Hi

Thanks for your reply. Its relaxing for me.

You mentioned that in very rare cases stomach infection may occurr. Can you please tell if there are any specific symptoms of this infection and how these types of infections can be diagnosed.

Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Honey Arora (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Detailed below..

Detailed Answer:
Hi..
Welcome back..

As per your complain stomach infection can be presented as stomach ache, lose motions and vomitings, fever etc..

They can be diagnosed with endoscopies, stool test and blood tests..

You case is not that severe and you need not to worry..

Just get the tooth treated and you will be perfectly fine..

Any further queries are welcome..

Regards.
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Does a tooth decay result in oral cancer?

Brief Answer: Does not cause oral cancer, do not worry.. Detailed Answer: Hi.. Welcome to HEALTHCARE MAGIC.. I have gone through your query and can understand your concerns.. As per your complain if you have a rotten or deeply decayed tooth, it generally cause localised symptoms like pus formation, pain, swelling and bad smell from mouth along with difficulty in chewing.. In case if there is excess of pus formation then it can also lead to stomach infection due to swallowing of pus but is generally not severe and not very common to happen.. In case if the infection is not treated and it gets progressing it can lead to Cellulitis that is infection in the deeper tissues and in very advanced causes it can be fatal.. But as your tooth is painless you need not to worry as your case does not seems to be anything serious.. But as you have a decayed tooth getting root canal treatment done can help in saving the tooth as after root canal treatment followed by capping of the tooth can help in saving it as if the decay keeps progressing the tooth might needs extraction.. Any further queries are welcome. Hope this information helps.. Regards.