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Suppurative focus in the lower jaw

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Posted by: edythe  (10 years ago)

Today my dentist told me that there is a relatively large suppurative focus (which I do not feel) under my furthermost (root canal-treated) lower left molar. He said that it could only be removed if the molar is extracted because the focus is located too deeply within my lower jaw to be reached any other way.

Furthermore, I should have this treatment done at all costs in the next six months because otherwise, serious secondary problems could occur. I don’t doubt that this is the case, but I would like to know what other alternatives I have besides pulling the tooth (which, in principle, I would like to keep). If extraction is absolutely necessary, what would after-treatment entail? Would drilling into the jaw be required? How long would the wound remain open? Do I need to take antibiotics? What caused this inflammation?

Kind regards and thank you in advance for any answers!