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Could an impacted infected wisdom tooth cause a bone infection of the skull?

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Dr. John Ayres
36 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It depends.: Simply being impacted may lead to pain but won't necessarily lead to infection, but if debris chronically accumulates around the gum near the tooth' it can then become infected. If this happens, or it becomes infected for other reasons, then infection can spread to the adjacent bone of the skull. It then becomes know as osteomyelitis.
Answered on Jul 18, 2019
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