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Adjunctive and Prophylactic Use of Antibacterial Agents in Dentistry

Course Number: 475

Strategies for the Treatment of Odontogenic Infections

Uncomplicated odontogenic infections manifest primarily as caries; and pulpal, periodontal, and pericoronal problems. Signs and symptoms include pain, erythema, edema, and difficulty chewing.71,79 Complicated odontogenic infections reflect the extension of an uncomplicated odontogenic infection into surrounding tissues and manifest as cellulitis, osteomyelitis, and space infections. Signs and symptoms include lymphadenitis, trismus, difficulty swallowing or breathing; and less frequently, fever and hypotension.71,79,80