Box , Kumasi, Ghana. Four cases of oro-facial infection leading to life-threatening complications are reported. Although all had been treated with antibiotics prior to consultation, lack of surgical intervention had allowed the infection to progress. These cases are a reminder that acute spreading odontogenic infection can be life-threatening.
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A more recent article on dental problems in primary care is available. When a carious lesion impinges on the dental pulp, pulpitis follows and, ultimately, necrosis of the pulp occurs. Untreated necrosis may lead to a localized abscess or a spreading infection into the surrounding soft tissue that results in cellulitis. Immediate treatment involves antibiotic therapy for cellulitis, perhaps with drainage of abscesses, while definitive treatment requires root canal therapy or extraction of the involved tooth.
An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms within body tissues. They are almost always accompanied by swelling and inflammation. Dental abscesses are abscesses affecting the teeth and adjacent jaw tissue. Each tooth is made up of several layers. The outermost layer is the enamel, which covers a softer layer, the dentin.
The flash player was unable to start. If you have a flash blocker then try unblocking the flash content - it should be visible below. Patients with dental pain can have no dental problems at all, and be medication seeking, or can have cellulitis, abscess, or spreading infection causing airway compromise. Post-extraction complications like bleeding and dry socket syndrome are common and can typically be managed in the Urgent Care UC without requiring transfer to the ED or urgent follow up with a specialist. Posterior teeth are the ones most commonly infected after previously developing a dental cary cavity.