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Jaw infection (abcess)

A toothache (molar) led me to my dentist earlier this week.  He took a couple digital xrays and told me I have an infection in my jaw below #1 molar.  The tooth has already had a root canal, many years ago.  I've been on monthly Aredia for almost a year (widespread bone mets).  My oncologist says extraction is out of the question, so I am being treated with anitbiotics for 8 days to see how it responds.  My dentist indicates this is a standard abcess and not ONJ.  I have had extensive dental work my entire life, but had been lucky

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Tooth abscess: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

A tooth abscess is a buildup of infected material (pus) in the center of a tooth. It is an infection caused by bacteria. ... Spread of infection to the jaw bone;
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Dental Abscess: Treatment and Drainage

A dental abscess is an infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat that begins as a tooth infection. The original cause may be from a deep cavity, periodontal (gum ...
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Infections of the Teeth, Jaw and Mouth - ATSU

INFECTIONS OF THE PERIAPICAL TISSUE AND JAW . ... Dentoalveolar abscess usually follows an infection of the pulp of the tooth that extends to the base of the tooth roots.
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Tooth abscess Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

Find out why Mayo Clinic is the right place for your health care. ... the infection may spread to your jaw and to other areas of your head and neck.
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Jaw-Related Conditions | Division of Oral and Maxillofacial ...

Our dentists and oral surgeons treat jaw-related conditions at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Symptoms of a jaw bone infection or dental abscess include:
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Abscessed Tooth-Topic Overview - WebMD

Abscessed Tooth-Topic Overview . ... An abscessed tooth is an infection in or around the ... Over time as the infection spreads, the bone in your jaw may start to ...
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Do You Have an Abscessed Tooth? - WebMD

An abscessed tooth is a painful infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. ... Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw; An open, ...
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Tooth Abscess Swollen Jaw - Doctor answers on HealthTap

Doctor answers on Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and More: Dr. Yu on tooth abscess swollen jaw: An abscessed tooth is a badly infected tooth. Infection may be ...
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Dental abscess symptoms, causes, treatments and more

A dental abscess is formed of pus affecting teeth or gums. Dental abscess can cause throbbing pain and is caused by bacterial infection.
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How serious is an abscessed tooth? - Bacterial Infections ...

An abscessed tooth is an infected tooth. The main symptoms are pain and swelling and if not treated, it can lead to a serious infection in the jaw bone.
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Jaw infection (abcess)

Hi. The differentiation between abscess and ONJ is critical.  If your dentist thinks that this is not ONJ and just an abscess, then I believe an extraction can be discussed, but indeed there can be risks of non-healing of the area.   If this does not respond to antibiotics, then another option is surgical debridement of the area to remove as much of the infection as possible and continue with the antibiotic treatment.  I'm not sure if laser surgery can be applicable in your situation. Your situation will really entail close communication with and between your doctors since the risks of operation are really there. Regards.
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painfull lump under jaw

If the first lump has been there since the age of 16, I doubt this is any cancer.  I am sure this other "lump" is the same tissue as the first.   I would recommend having these "lumps" biopsied.  
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is this swollen lymph node normal?

hi, I will suggest you to go for proper medication as, this is really required as, swelling in the lymph nodes is not a healthy sign and you should dont take this thing forgranted as, before some other problem appears, this is a time for yoou to consult a right doctor and also properly examine your body. Thanks!!
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Terrible neck, jaw and ear pain!!!! Help please.

I don't know because I've had kind of the same problem for about 3 years.  Do you have trouble forming words because of the pain and feel any pulling?  I even had a cervical fusion which did not help.  I think its in my back and it causes my muscles to pull down, but this is me.   Just letting you know its a hard one for the doctors to figure out and you are right to try every avenue.  Let me know if you figure it out!!
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jaw problems

A dentist can advise about TMJ. I had a sore ear for years and docs were undecided about what was the cause which was my tooth was necrotic. The dentist couldn't find the problem either for years until the filling broke and exposed it. So there are ways pain is transmitted in that area from one part to another which means you need to see doc or a dentist, rather than self-diagnosis. I doubt you will have something like I had that takes a professional years to diagnose.
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The tooth problem resolved..Now What???

WOW--i have no idea..Be sure to not suck on anything, be carefull so you don't get a dry socket..that is the most painfull thing, that is when the bone gets exposed to the air..I had that.. That is what always scared me about sub..What if you didn't have 3 days to get off..I mean what if you are in a bad car wreck and need surgery right then, what do you do??? Nelly i have never been on sub, but did have the same experience with a tooth..It was terrible..I tried to save it spent a fortune then had to pull it..pulling it was the best part..I could of used just motrin after but the addict took the hydros off course..But when i caught a dry socket the hydro's didn't touch it...And i didn't smoke, didn't drink through a straw and still caught it.. good luck r2r
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Staph infection???

The best forum to post this on is Infectious Diseases.  There isn't an expert for that, though, so if you want to ask a doctor, you might try the Urgent Care Expert Forum.  You also might want to look at past questions in Urgent Care; there might be something helpful.  What a scary thing to happen.  Good luck!
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jaw cancer or tooth abcess?

Hi, How are you? Symptoms of jaw cancer include pain or numbness in the jaw, and a lump or other abnormal growth. A biopsy is usually done to confirm diagnosis. Other differentials include an infection or an abscess. It is best that you have this checked by your doctor or dentist for proper diagnosis and to ease any worry. Direct clinical examination is important. Take care and do keep us posted.
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