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What is done for bone abscesses?

What is done for bone abscesses?

Surgery : If suspected, the patient should be brought to the hospital and the abscess should be biopsied, cultured and the defect packed, possibly with antibiotic impregnated beads. The patient may be on IV antibiotics for a period of time based on the doctors recommendations. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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What are the causes of jaw abscess/bone loss and subsequent tooth death, with no trauma, cracking, etc?

What are the causes of jaw abscess/bone loss and subsequent tooth death, with no trauma, cracking, etc?

Periodontal disease: A slow tooth death usually is a result of periodontal disease. A fast tooth death usually is a result of a carries spreading into the nerve. These are common reason for tooth death, barring any trauma, cracking, etc... See your dentist and have your oral health exam. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a bone infection and an abscess?

Is there a difference between a bone infection and an abscess?

Yes: An abscess does not necessarily/usually involve bone. Bone infection does not necessarily cause an abscess. Abscess is a walled off pocket of dead tissue (pus) somewhere in the body. ...Read more

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I have an abscess on my tail bone, and it seems to be spreading since I keep getting more. Why is it spreading, and how do I get rid of them for good?

I have an abscess on my tail bone, and it seems to be spreading since I keep getting more. Why is it spreading, and how do I get rid of them for good?

Varies: An abscess is a walled off collection of infected fluid. As such, an abscess rarely responds to antibiotics alone and usually requires surgical drainage or it will spread. The antibiotics simply don't usually fully penetrate the fluid collection. Recurrent abscesses suggest either an incomplete cure or an underlying abnormality causing the problem. Detailed exam and appropriate studies needed. ...Read more

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I have a really bad abscessed tooth (can the infection spread to my bone and my face?

I have a really bad abscessed tooth (can the infection spread to my bone and my face?

Yes: This needs to be seen by a dentist asap. Not only can it spread to bone and soft tissues adjacent to the involved teeth, but it can also spread to the brain and potentially into the blood stream and create heart valve infection. Get this taken care of, and wish you well. ...Read more

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Can patrially raised third molars become infected? There is no pain on gum, yet the bone under hurts and tonsils inflamed. Previous abscess..not now.

Can patrially raised third molars become infected?  There is no pain on gum, yet the bone under hurts and tonsils inflamed. Previous abscess..not now.

Pericoronitis: Inflammation and infection around the crown of an unerupted tooth is called pericoronitis. Hydrogen peroxide can sometimes alleviate discomfort and mechanically debride the area and kill some of the bacteria causing the discomfort. Salt water can also help with the irritation. ...Read more

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What is this thing on my gums? I have had a hard bone like growth on my bottom front tooth it seems to be connected to the broken tooth which is there. There was an abscess a long time ago that burst and left a hole in my gum. Now the broken tooth

Hard : Hard to tell sight unseen and without a radiograph, but it sounds like the abcess and broken tooth you left untreated for such a long time has created a substancial amount of bone loss around that tooth. It could be that the root end is poking through the hole in your bone and sticking into your gum tissue. Not a healthy situation. Obviously you understand that you need to go see a dentist to have the tooth extracted. The dentist who extracts the tooth will determine if it is indeed the root end or something else. Please go and be seen as soon as possible to avoid further complications or massive infection. ...Read more

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Where can I get more information about tooth extraction on an abscessed tooth that requires bone graphing?

Where can I get more information about tooth extraction on an abscessed tooth that requires bone graphing?

Information: I would google extraction and dental bone grafting. Basically the tooth will be extracted, the area cleaned of all infected tissue and a graft material placed (not needed if all walls are intact and you plan on an implant shortly) and the area is left to heal. Also talk to your surgeon as the web can give you too much information and every case is different. ...Read more

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Have a hip abscess that has taken almost 2 months to heal, but it's still sore. Kind of deep to the bone. It still stings a lot too. Is that normal?

Have a hip abscess that has taken almost 2 months to heal, but it's still sore. Kind of deep to the bone. It still stings a lot too. Is that normal?

No: A deep wound which takes this long a period of time to heal is certainly cause for concern. The continued pain may indicate a deeper abscess or infection which has reformed. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more