Jaw bone infections are an every day, common occurance in people who have abcessed teeth, root canaled teeth or periodontal disease. There is no antibiotic or any other medicatment that will CURE the bone infection unless the source of the infection is surgically removed. The antibiotics may subside the symptoms of the infection, but as long as the source of infection is present, so is the infection.
It is common for people to think that their teeth are somehow mysteriously just sitting in gum tissue and have no direct connection to the vitality of the jaw bone. The fact is, teeth are anchored directly into the jaw bone by ligaments that allow the tooth to be slightly flexible when chewing. A comparison to this is a dental implant has no ligament so therefore it is very rigid in the jawbone and feels very solid when biting down on it. Natural teeth and dental implants intergrate intimately with the jaw bone. Teeth and the jawbone become one and the only thing that alters this natural process is a jaw bone infection.
Each tooth has branches of nerves that enter and exit the apex (end of the root) that feed off of blood vessels and nerves as a source of nutrition. ANYTIME the nerve endings are severed as is the case during every root canal procedure, or traumatized as is the case with an abcess, periodontal disease and sometimes oral surgery, the source of blood is cutoff and the tooth becomes non vital. Infection and necrotic bacteria settle inside the tooth and eventually prolifertate through the accessory canals of the tooth into the jawbone causing ischemia to occur in the jawbone.
You may remember awhile back I commented on the possible negative outcome of doing free gingival grafting on teeth that are not healthy? The trauma of that procedure, which includes the repetetive scraping of the tooth all the way down the root surface, on an unhealthy tooth can most definitely contribute to the death of that tooth which could lead up to an infection involving the jaw bone.
Clindamycin is routinely prescribed in dentistry for infections of the jawbone. It can be wicked on the intestinal tract because it kills ALL of the intestinal bacteria and can actually cause an intestinal infection called C-difficile. This intestinal infection is very hard to get rid of and can be life threatening if not dealt with properly.
It is imperative to supplement with Lactobacillus bacteria to restore what the medication is killing off. One of the best ones on the market is called Culturelle. Another essential bacteria that would be tremendously helpful is called saccharomyces boularii. When these two bacterias are used together, you will get the full benefit of a potent, nutritional boost to your intestinal tract and immune system.
Originally Posted by dllfo
While doing my Root Canal the 9th of May, the specialist tells me I have an infection in my jaw bone. I am on Clindamycin 300mg x 4 a day.
I never heard of the antibiotic, but after my oral surgery on April 10th, I was put on Cipro (500mg a day) for ten days.
My root canal specialist says there is NO WAY the oral surgery caused this infection. I said ok. But I was thinking... at 62 years old (not counting when I drank Drano at 3 years old) I have never had a jaw bone infection.
Am I nuts for wondering about this coincidence????
How strong is the Clindamycin? I am allergic to Penicillin and doxycycline or something like that. I know very little about antibiotics.
HOW SERIOUS IS A JAW BONE INFECTION? I NEVER HEARD OF IT UNTIL YESTERDAY. (7 antibiotic pills later, my jaw bone and tooth still hurt bad enough it takes 30 mg of Oxycodone to break the pain).