Woman says tooth infection 'almost killed her' as spread to blood

Woman claims tooth infection ‘almost killed her’ when it spread to her bloodstream after her local dental practice cancelled her emergency appointment

  • Tori took to TikTok to reveal how she was hospitalised because of tooth infection
  • Social media user, of Manchester, said dental practice cancelled appointment
  • Booked emergency appointment with her dentist after her face started to swell 

A woman has claimed a tooth infection ‘almost killed her’ after her local dental practice cancelled her emergency appointment.

Tori, from Manchester, took to TikTok to reveal how she was hospitalised after the infection in her tooth had spread into her bloodstream and left her needing surgery.

She had tried to book an emergency appointment with her dentist after her face started to swell and her tooth became painful – but was scheduled in for the following day.

However, the next day, Tori claimed the nurse at the practice told her they had cancelled her appointment and forgot to tell Tori.

Soon, Tori was finding it difficult to breathe and rang the hospital, where a nurse immediately told her to go to A&E upon hearing her symptoms.


Tori (pictured), from Manchester, took to TikTok to reveal how she was hospitalised after the infection in her tooth had spread into her bloodstream and left her needing surgery

She had tried to book an emergency appointment with her dentist after her face started to swell (pictured) and her tooth became painful – but was scheduled in for the following day

Uploading a clip about her ordeal to TikTok in June, where it has since been viewed more than 200,000 times, Tori said: ‘A short story about how my tooth almost killed me.’

She explained that she woke up one morning with a sore tooth, with it becoming more painful and her face eventually swelling as the day went on.

‘Face became the size of a football overnight’, she said, and claimed to have called her dentist to try and get an emergency appointment.

The receptionist informed Tori that the earliest meeting would be the next day.


However, the next day, Tori claimed the nurse at the practice told her they had cancelled her appointment and forgot to tell Tori. Pictured, Tori before her infection, left, and during, right

Soon, Tori (pictured in her TikTok clip) was finding it difficult to breathe and rang the hospital, where a nurse immediately told her to go to A&E upon hearing her symptoms

But when arriving at the practice, Tori said she was told by a nurse ‘that they had cancelled my appointment but forgot to call me, [and] told me to book for the next day.’

She added: ‘[I] wasn’t able to breathe properly, called the hospital and told them my symptoms.’

The nurse on the phone apparently told Tori to go to A&E immediately, where she was then hospitalised because the infection in her tooth had spread into her bloodstream.

The nurse on the phone apparently told Tori (pictured) to go to A&E immediately, where she was then hospitalised because the infection in her tooth had spread into her bloodstream

Tori said the doctors told her she would need surgery but couldn’t perform it until the swelling had gone down as there would be a risk of nerve damage

A week later, Tori said she finally had the surgery she needed and is now doing a lot better.

Social media users couldn’t believe her dentist had turned her away, with one person saying: ‘I work in a dental office and this is not OK! I would have got you in that day.’

‘How could they at least not give you antibiotics? Standard protocol,’ another questioned.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A TOOTH INFECTION SPREADING TO YOUR BODY? 

If an infected tooth is not treated, the infection could spread elsewhere in your body, which is potentially life-threatening, according to healthline.

Symptoms that the infection in the tooth has spread reportedly include:

  • headache
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • face swelling
  • stomach pain

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