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Jawbone Infections: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Jawbone infections, known medically as osteomyelitis of the jaw, are serious conditions that can lead to significant pain, swelling, and even the loss of teeth if not treated promptly and effectively. These infections occur when bacteria or fungi invade the bone surrounding the teeth, often following dental procedures, tooth extractions, or through the spread of infection from nearby areas. Understanding the causes and symptoms of jawbone infections is the first step toward seeking appropriate care and preventing complications.

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we recognize the impact that jawbone infections can have on your overall health and quality of life. Our dedicated team, led by Dr. Nancy Herbst, is committed to providing comprehensive care to address these infections. With more than 25 years of experience and access to state-of-the-art technology, we are equipped to diagnose and treat jawbone infections, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible outcomes.

Understanding the Causes of Jawbone Infections

Jawbone infections are usually the result of a combination of factors that compromise the bone’s integrity and resistance to infection. The most common cause is the spread of an existing dental infection, such as periodontitis or tooth abscesses, into the jawbone. Trauma to the jaw, including fractures or injuries that expose the bone to bacteria, can also lead to infection. Moreover, procedures such as tooth extractions or dental implants, if not properly managed, may introduce bacteria into the bone.

Poor dental hygiene and conditions that weaken the immune system, such as diabetes or the use of certain medications, can increase the risk of developing osteomyelitis of the jaw. It’s crucial to maintain good oral health practices and address any dental issues promptly to reduce the risk of infection spreading to the jawbone. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are key components of preventative care.

Recognizing the signs of a jawbone infection early can significantly improve the effectiveness of treatment. Symptoms often include severe pain in the affected area, swelling and redness of the gums, and fever. In more advanced cases, pus may be visible in the mouth, and the infection can cause loosening of the teeth or a visible injury to the jawbone. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek professional medical attention immediately.

Effective Treatment Options for Jawbone Infections

Treating jawbone infections typically involves a combination of antibiotic therapy to fight the infection and surgical intervention to remove any dead bone tissue. The choice of antibiotics will depend on the type of bacteria causing the infection, which is often determined through culture tests. In many cases, antibiotics are administered intravenously to ensure that high levels of the medication reach the infected bone.

Surgery may also be necessary to remove infected bone and tissue, drain any abscesses, or correct any structural problems that could contribute to ongoing infection risk. At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we utilize the latest surgical techniques and equipment to ensure that any necessary procedures are as effective and minimally invasive as possible. Regular follow-up appointments will also be scheduled to monitor your recovery and ensure that the infection has been fully resolved.

Reach Out to Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group For Help With Jawbone Infections

Choosing the right care provider is essential when dealing with jaw bone infections. At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for a wide range of oral health issues, including osteomyelitis of the jaw. Our team, led by Dr. Nancy Herbst, is committed to providing personalized care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We understand the importance of prompt and effective treatment for jawbone infections. That’s why we strive to offer our patients the latest in surgical techniques and technology, ensuring the best possible outcomes.

With our extensive experience and dedication to excellence, you can trust us to provide the care you need to recover from a jawbone infection. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a jawbone infection or have concerns about your oral health, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can call our office at (908) 663-5309 or visit our contact form to schedule a consultation.