Periostitis of the jaw (flux) is a jaw inflammation. The main symptoms of flux are swelling of the gums, accompanied by severe pain.
Flux can complicate diseases such as pulpitis and periodontitis .
Flux begins with swelling of the gums. At first it is small, but after a couple of days it spreads to the cheeks and lips. Depending on the localization of the flux, the edema may pass to the infraorbital or submandibular region.
As the edema progresses, the temperature may rise to 38 ° C and pain may spread up to the temporal region.
The danger of a flux is that it can become chronic. This is likely to happen if a fistula is formed – a channel through which the pus comes out. In this case, the patient has an illusion of recovery, because the inflammatory process really subsides.
If you do not treat the flux at this stage, the infection can continue to spread, which is fraught with the development of osteomyelitis (inflammatory process that affects the elements of the bone), and with prolonged delay in treatment can lead to blood infection.
Flux treatment is conservative and operative.
For surgery resorted to severe inflammation. The doctor disinfects the affected area through a small incision in the gum. At the same time pus exits through the established drainage. If it becomes clear that the cause of the flux is a bad tooth, it will most likely be removed.
Conservative treatment is more commonly prescribed for elderly patients. Such therapy includes the use of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as lornoxicam ( xefokam ).