Usually pain and/or hypersensitivity with heat and cold. Fevers are unusual.
Dental work and poor dentition.
Oral therapy is fine even for jaw osteomyelitis.
Options: amoxicillin OR doxycycline OR clindamycin OR amoxicillin/clavulanate. In one clinical trial 5 days of moxifloxacin was superior to clindamycin for resolution of pain, probably because of increased clindamycin resistance (18th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases: Abstract O83. Presented April 18, 2008).
ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)
dental abscess 522.5.