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Jaw infection: do I see a pcp or dentist?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Some perspective

Pcp's rarely treat jaw infections.
Oral surgeons do not treat periodontal disease nor perform root canal therapy. They would treat infections caused by hopeless impacted wisdom teeth. So the question is, 'what's causing the infection?' in my opinion, i would see your general dentist first who could diagnose the problem ; then treat you or refer you to the appropriate specialist.

In brief: Some perspective

Pcp's rarely treat jaw infections.
Oral surgeons do not treat periodontal disease nor perform root canal therapy. They would treat infections caused by hopeless impacted wisdom teeth. So the question is, 'what's causing the infection?' in my opinion, i would see your general dentist first who could diagnose the problem ; then treat you or refer you to the appropriate specialist.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Go now

Jaw infections are airway infections.
Don 't wait. Call an oral and maxillofacial surgeon now.

In brief: Go now

Jaw infections are airway infections.
Don 't wait. Call an oral and maxillofacial surgeon now.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Respectfully disagree. I appreciate Dr. M's dogmatic support of dental specialists, but this recommendation is misguided (self-serving perhaps?). Infections in the jaw can come from many sites: teeth, gums, impactions, etc. How is the patient to self-refer? Perhaps she can find one in the Yellow Pages? On a diner place mat? This patient should seek triage ASAP from his/her general dentist.
Dr. Reena Gupta
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Oral surgeon

Would be good to see oral surgeon.
If cannot get to oral surgeon without referal than thru your dentist.

In brief: Oral surgeon

Would be good to see oral surgeon.
If cannot get to oral surgeon without referal than thru your dentist.
Dr. Reena Gupta
Dr. Reena Gupta
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