Long-term Care for Osteomyelitis
Osteomyelitis is caused by a bacterial infection that creates inflammation or swelling in the bone tissue of the jaw. The inflammation reduces blood supply and if left untreated can cause the bone to deteriorate. Long-term care for osteomyelitis is required to prevent future complications such as fractures of the affected bone, stunted growth in children, and gangrene infection.
Diagnosis of Osteomyelitis Bone Infections
Diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be difficult but is absolutely necessary to control the infection and prevent damage to the jaw bone. Your specialist will take 3D scans of your mouth and jaw to get detailed images that will confirm the presence of an infection and determine the correct course of treatment. In some cases that are more difficult to diagnose a biopsy is required. If necessary this procedure is performed in an operating room under the comfort of general anesthesia. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive additional training and certification to safely administer all forms of anesthesia to patients of all ages.
Once accurately diagnosed for osteomyelitis your oral surgeon will create an individualized treatment plan to cure the infection and minimize any long-term complications. To learn more about osteomyelitis, please contact our office in Houston, TX. One of our compassionate staff members will be happy to answer any additional questions you have.
Treatment for Osteomyelitis
Treatment options for osteomyelitis generally include antibiotics and in more severe cases surgery to drain the infection or remove damaged tissue and bone. The goal is to cure the infection and prevent any long-term complications. If surgery is necessary, Dr. David Alfi and Dr. Abdullahi Hassan will remove the affected bone and place a bone graft to stimulate new, healthy bone to grow in its place.
Types of Anesthesia
There are a variety of anesthesia and sedation options available at our practice.
Specialists in Osteomyelitis Infections
Dr. Alfi and Dr. Hassan are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of osteomyelitis and bone-related conditions of the maxillofacial region. Their expertise will help them make an accurate diagnosis and execute an immediate treatment plan to control the infection and prevent long-term complications. To learn more about osteomyelitis bone infections please contact our office in Houston, TX. One of our compassionate team members will be happy to answer any questions or help you schedule a consultation appointment.
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