How do you operate on inflammation of the jawbone?

Surgical intervention for osteomyelitis of the jaw
In oral surgery practice, we are often faced with the challenge of treating inflammation of the jawbone (osteomyelitis). This article provides insight into the complex surgical process necessary to correct this condition.

Precise diagnostics and planning before the procedure

A thorough examination and imaging is essential to determine the extent of the inflammation. Using DVT, SPECT/CT or MRI, we gain detailed insights into the affected jaw areas. This information is crucial to assess the severity of the infection and develop a tailored surgical strategy.

Planning the surgical procedure is a critical step. Depending on the location and extent of the inflammation, some surgical methods may be required. This includes removing inflamed and non-vital bone tissue, flushing abscesses, and inserting antibiotic carrier materials directly into the affected area if necessary.

Maintain functionality

During the procedure, which takes place in one of our Zurich partner clinics, the infected tissue is carefully removed to prevent the infection from spreading further. In severe cases, bone grafting or using biocompatible materials to restore jaw structure may be necessary. The exact procedure depends on the individual circumstances and is always carried out to maintain the functionality and aesthetics of the jaw. 

After the operation, careful follow-up treatment is required, including regular check-ups and adjusted antibiotic therapy. This phase is crucial to minimize the risk of infection recurrence and ensure optimal healing. 

We recommend that anyone showing signs of jaw infection not hesitate to seek professional help immediately.

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