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Could an impacted infected wisdom tooth cause a bone infection of the skull?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Unlikely
This is possible, but the infection would be very serious and the patient probably will have a weak immune system (immunocompromised).

In brief: Unlikely
This is possible, but the infection would be very serious and the patient probably will have a weak immune system (immunocompromised).
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: 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.'

In brief: 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.'
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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