When is inpatient care needed for dental abscess?

Updated: Jan 22, 2019
  • Author: Jane M Gould, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Answer

Criteria for hospital admission in patients with dental abscesses include the following:

  • Unable to handle secretions

  • Airway compromise

  • Involvement of facial spaces of head and neck such as Ludwig’s angina

  • Systemic involvement

  • Failure of outpatient therapy

  • Need for intravenous (IV) hydration


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