Identification of unidentified odontogenic foci

Identification of unknown, odontogenic foci is a challenging task for a dentist. However, the task is important, as a number of patients with affected general health have a odontogenic focus. A clear example of this is indocarditis which appears to be caused by bacteremia – a life threatening condition. In many cases, oral bacteria are involved which underlines the importance of identifying the foci.

The problem must be solved in a systematic manner. The journal is the foundation, containing a complete anamnesis and a thorough, clinical examination. The findings are supported by an x-ray examination, and a cone-beam scanning is a valuable tool if a conventional x-ray examination is not sufficient. However, to interpret and understand the findings, knowledge of the anatomy in the region is important.

This chapter contains three examples of identification of unknown foci.