Infections

Dr. Haverkorn is an expert in treating infections and frequently treats severe infections in the hospital.  You can watch some of these surgeries on our YouTube channel.  Severe infections can compress the airway and make it hard to breath.  Dr. Haverkorn is experienced in these emergencies.

Infections come in four forms:  cellulitis, abscess, both cellulitis and abscess, and/or phlegmon.  Cellulitis is infection without pus, usually the area is swollen, red, tender, and may be hard.  Abscess = pus.  A pimple is a small abscess.  A phlegmon is any area that will make an abscess soon but hasn’t yet made pus.  Infections spread through anatomic “spaces” in the head and neck.

In every infection, the cause of infection must be removed.  If you had an infected splinter in your arm part of the treatment would be to remove the splinter.  In dental infections the infected tooth must be removed or the infection pulp inside the tooth must be removed with a root canal.  Sometimes an apicoectomy is done with the root canal to remove infection in the bone at the tip of the tooth root.  Antibiotics may help for a little while but without treatment the infection will come back.

Cellulitis is treated with antibiotics and occasionally needs surgery.  Cellulitis usually goes away with antibiotics but sometimes requires surgery.

An abscess is almost always treated with surgery to drain the pus and usually with antibiotics afterwards.

A phlegmon can be treated with antibiotics and/or surgery.  If the antibiotics fail and the phlegmon converts to an abscess surgery is usually required.

Some difficult or resistant infections may require more than one surgery.  Larger infection may require admission to a hospital and treatment in the operating room.

If your infection requires treatment in the hospital there are additional fees for going to the hospital and rounding each day you are in the hospital. 

Currently there is a $25 PPE fee added to these surgeries if we do them in our office.

Sedation is NOT included unless these surgeries are combined with an extraction or other surgery than includes sedation.

Incision & drainage (I&D), simple:  $300
Usually one space & easy access.

Incision & drainage (I&D), intermediate:  $700
May be more than one space or require extraoral access.
More difficult case which may require more than one surgery.

Incision & drainage (I&D), complex:  $1,200
Usually extraoral and more than one space with difficult access.
More difficult case which may require more than one surgery.

Repeat I&D, washout, or debridement within 2 weeks:  $200 each