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

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
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.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Unlikely: This is possible, but the infection would be very serious and the patient probably will have a weak immune system (immunocompromised).
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Not likely: Probably not impossible but I've never seen or heard of that complication 30 years of practice. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.'

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Last updated Mar 22, 2020

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