Fascial space infections of the head and neck region are usually odontogenic in origin.
An untreated or rapidly spreading odontogenic infections can be potentially life threatening.
The present case report describes a patient with orofacial infections who required emergent incision and drainage in the oral and maxillofacial surgery OPD at our hospital.
Conclusion: Fascial space infections of the head and neck region, though potentially life threatening, can be prevented by regular dental visits.
Early recognition and treatment of the infections are necessary to prevent considerable morbidity and mortality, especially in younger patients where more care should be given for oral health.
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Successful results can be achieved for pediatric patients who can be treated with Incision and Drainage, removal of etiologic factor followed by a combo of three antibiotics.
Introduction : Dental disease is the underlying cause of most of inflammatory swellings which occurs either in or around the jaws.
Inflammation may commence either at the root apices or gingival margins of erupted teeth, or in the soft tissues which surround and overlie the crown of an unerupted or partially erupted tooth.
°International Journal of Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
°Khaja Khalid Nawaz M.