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Old 04-14-2003, 12:14 PM   #1
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Question Infection in jaw bone??

Hoping someone can help me with this.

I was wondering when you have infection in the teeth and gums, and that infection is in the jaw bone as well but the teeth are being removed (all of them--for dentures), the gums are being cleaned out/irrigated, is there still a need to worry about infection in the jaw bone itself? I have been on Amoxicillin for ten days in late Feb./early March, and again now before the procedure is done to help clear away whatever infection is in my teeth/gums, although I know it will never be truly gone until my teeth are out. But, my concern is the infection in my jaw bone and how I will be rid of that. Is this what you all refer to as osteomyelitis? And if so, what more should my dentist do for me after my teeth are removed?

I'm worried enough about having a full-mouth extraction done, including 2 impacted wisdom teeth. The whole procedure is scary to me (I am a chicken when it comes to dentists). But, to think that there's more trouble and pain ahead is just disheartening. Can anyone shed some light? I have to get the dentures, there's no doubt about that. But, if I truly have a bone infection, where do I turn to get this taken care of? I am new to all these problems that many of you have faced, so I am praying that someone, somewhere on this board has an answer. I was scared enough about this procedure, now, to worry about bone infections causing more pain, well, it's enough to make a person crazy!

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Old 04-14-2003, 04:18 PM   #2
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I don't really know much about jaw infections, but I just wanted to say I don't think you're chicken at all. Sheesh, that's a big thing you're having done; you have every right to be scared. On the other hand, I know you will do beautifully :-)

I tried looking up various combinations of jaw-infection-treatment-dentures but couldn't come up with the answer to your questions. I would think staying on the antibiotics for some period of time after the extractions would be your best bet. Your dentist will know what to do. Try not to make yourself too crazy pondering all the "what ifs." I know, easier said than done!

Best wishes,
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Old 04-14-2003, 06:14 PM   #3
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scaredstiff - if you get a chance do a search on this dental board on osteomyelitis - there's info from folks who have been/are going through it. I can totally relate to what you are going through. - and I also get the willies from having dental work done.

I'm going for a 3-phase bone scan tomorrow to get an idea as to why my teeth are dying off one by one - they suspect jaw bone infection and/or cavitations on the left side. I will most likely be going through the extractions like you are as I can feel one tooth on the bottom dying right now and I have an infection in 3 teeth above it. They suspect that older abcessed extractions (done incorrectly), bad root canals and deep mercury fillings have caused a lot of this in my case. I'm having a problem settling into the idea that this could be a long process. However, if it takes care of other related health care issues, I'll do whatever they tell me.

From what I understand, to really get rid of a true jaw bone infection one must see someone who is extremely experienced in this field. I believe that if it goes untreated it can spread in the body. I'm no expert in this area - I'm learning as I go along.

I also live in Illinois. If this turns out to be a true infection I'm guessing the specialist I see will be referring me elsewhere if it's more than a removal of dead tissue in a small area (I think they call it debriding), depending on what the scan shows.

Please try and take each issue one step at a time. You may not have a true jaw bone infection and your problem may be resolved. That's the advice I give myself and it's much easier not to stress about it. Going to the worst case scenario right now is just going to frighten you more - I know it's easier said than done...

 
Old 04-15-2003, 07:05 AM   #4
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Thanks to you both for your replies.

I am trying not to worry, and hoping for the best outcome possible. You know how it is when you have time on your hands and questions in your mind though. Sometimes, the info on the net hurts more than it helps the mind.

I know my dentist will be able to tell more once she is in there next week, so, I will leave it in her hands (like I have a choice, right?). She seems pretty up to date on the latest information, and listens very well to concerns. I trust her, but, this is my life we're talking about. She said I had good bone structure in my jaws and would have been a candidate for implants, but we just couldn't afford them. So, maybe the infection (if any) isn't as bad as I'm thinking? I do get some sharp pains in my left jaw bone right below the tooth that sent me to the dentist in the first place. I have old fillings (mercury), which makes me wonder, too, if that's causing some of my problems...the teeth that have them are breaking, so I know the fillings are too.

Anyhow, thanks for your continued support here, and your kind, kind words. I will be sure to post once I'm feeling better next week and let you know how it all went. At least I know I will have a great smile, if nothing else.

Best wishes to you, and I will try to stay positive.

Scaredstiff70

 
Old 04-15-2003, 07:33 AM   #5
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Great, I'm looking forward to hearing how well your procedure went :-) I know the anticipation can be torture, but you'll go and it will all be done with and you can put it behind you. My mother had so much trouble with her teeth and then got dentures and never had another dental worry again.

For now, quit reading about things online! LOL Of course you're going to find the rare horror stories.. that's what people post about. No one's going to post how great everything went, and for 99% of people, there are no problems.

Good luck on an easy procedure and a new, beautiful smile :-)

 
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Re: Infection in jaw bone??

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Originally Posted by scaredstiff70 View Post
Hoping someone can help me with this.

I was wondering when you have infection in the teeth and gums, and that infection is in the jaw bone as well but the teeth are being removed (all of them--for dentures), the gums are being cleaned out/irrigated, is there still a need to worry about infection in the jaw bone itself? I have been on Amoxicillin for ten days in late Feb./early March, and again now before the procedure is done to help clear away whatever infection is in my teeth/gums, although I know it will never be truly gone until my teeth are out. But, my concern is the infection in my jaw bone and how I will be rid of that. Is this what you all refer to as osteomyelitis? And if so, what more should my dentist do for me after my teeth are removed?

I'm worried enough about having a full-mouth extraction done, including 2 impacted wisdom teeth. The whole procedure is scary to me (I am a chicken when it comes to dentists). But, to think that there's more trouble and pain ahead is just disheartening. Can anyone shed some light? I have to get the dentures, there's no doubt about that. But, if I truly have a bone infection, where do I turn to get this taken care of? I am new to all these problems that many of you have faced, so I am praying that someone, somewhere on this board has an answer. I was scared enough about this procedure, now, to worry about bone infections causing more pain, well, it's enough to make a person crazy!

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Scaredstiff70
I dont know if you are still on this site,...but I just now read your post about jaw bone infections.
I hope you are doing well since you last posted!!! Let me know!
In the meantime, in order to get screened for a jaw bone infection, you should see a holistic dentist.
They can do all different sorts of tests..a cavitat screening, an MRI, an electric test, etc. They will be able to see if you have any dental cavitations and/or jaw bone infections.
Let me know what has transpired with your health!
KIM

 
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