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Article: Volume 41 Number 1 Page 68 - January/February 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 68-72

Oral surgery:  The Importance of Early Intervention in the Treatment of Dental Infection

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Abstract: With recent reports of increasing hospital admissions relating to dental infection, the authors believe it is time to re-visit the importance of its effective early treatment. A series of three cases is used to illustrate the potentially life-threatening progression of what, in the early stages, is an easily treatable condition.

Clinical relevance: The principles of effective management of dental infection are highlighted in the first instance and then indications for specialist maxillofacial referral are discussed.

Author notes: Paul Paterson, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCPS(Glasg), Dental Foundation Trainee in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, Elizabeth Hannah Nichols, BDS, MJDF RCS(Eng), Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Katie Watson, BDS, Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie and Deborah Boyd, BDS, FDS RCPS, MBChB MRCS, Specialist Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK.

Objective: To understand the reason behind the prompt, effective management of dental infection.