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Osteomyelitis of the jawbone

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Posted by: VocalTT  (10 years ago)
I had a severely abscessed tooth about 9 months ago. The dentist pulled the tooth and put me on antibiotics. After a few months, the tooth beside the pulled one started to ache again. It was a deep pain, as if it was coming from the bone. The dentist performed a root canal on this tooth. The pain did not go away and now, I can feel that the tooth is becoming loose. Is this osteomyelitis of the jawbone? I’ve heard that it would cause some swelling but I don’t have any visible swelling in my mouth, only a deep pain and loose tooth. Thank you!
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I had a severely abscessed tooth about 9 months ago. The dentist pulled the tooth and put me on antibiotics. After a few months, the tooth beside the pulled one started to ache again. It was a deep pain, as if it was coming from the bone. The dentist performed a root canal on this tooth. The pain did not go away and now, I can feel that the tooth is becoming loose. Is this osteomyelitis of the jawbone? I’ve heard that it would cause some swelling but I don’t have any visible swelling in my mouth, only a deep pain and loose tooth. Thank you!

It is rare for a healthy individual to get chronic osteomyolitis. It usually happens on irradiated patients or those on heavy doses of Fossamax-like drugs.

Could be many things- failing root canal, concomittant periodontal infection of the loose tooth, TMJ, or a neuralgia. Cannot definitively diagnosis without examining the patient and seeing x-rays.
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