Odontogenic infections are usually mild and easily treated and may only requlre the administration of an antibiotic. Conversely, odontogenic infections may be more complex and require an incision and drainage, or they may be complicated and require that the patient he admitted to the hospital. Some infections that occur in the oral cavity are preventable0 if the surgeon uses appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis. This section . presents the principles of infection management and prevention in dental patients. . Chapter 15 describes the basic management techniques, including surgeryand antibiotic administration, for the treatment of odontogenic infections. This chapter also discusses the principles of antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of both wound infection and distant metastatic infection, such as infectious endocarditis. ‘
Chapter 16 presents an overview of complex odon togenic infections that
involve fascial spaces and may require hospitalization of the patient ortreatment. Osteomyelitis and other unusual infections are also discussed.
Chapter 17 presents the indications, rationale, and technical aspects of surgical endodontics, Although periapical surgery is occasionally necessary for successful endodontic management, it is necessary for the clinician to be wise in deciding when to choose this treatment modality. Therefore the discussion of the Indications and contraindications for endodontic surgery is extensive, and the technical aspects of surgical endodontics are profusely illustrated. Chapter 18 presents information about patients at risk for infection and other comprising problems that are callsed by patient host defense compromise as the result of radiotherapy or cancer chemotherapy. These patients are susceptible to a variety of problems, and the prevention and management of these problems are discussed. Chapter 19 describes maxillary sinus problems that arise secondary to odontogenic infections, and other problems. Although general practitloners rarely see patients with these problems, they may have to provide diagnoses before referring these patients to the appropriate professional fq~ definitive care.Finally,Chapter 20 discusses salivary gland diseases, primarily the obstructive and infectious types. The major diagnostic and therapeutic modalities used in managing these problems are discussed,
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