The majority of serious dental infections can be prevented by early treatment of the local pathology. Patients with potentially life-threatening neck space infections arising from the oral cavity may, however, still present in dental practice. This paper outlines the pertinent surgical anatomy and pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, and key early-stage management of these severe infections. CPD/Clinical Relevance: The dental team should be able to assess patients presenting with potential neck space involvement from a dental or oral infection. They should be able to instigate appropriate early treatment, and identify those requiring prompt referral for assessment and management.
- Centre for Surgical Research