Osteoradionecrosis / Osteomyelitis

  • Infections within the jaw bones (mandible and maxilla) may occur as a result of dental infection, exposure to radiation for treatment of a head and neck cancer (osteoradionecrosis-ORN) or as a result of exposure to a bisphosphonate medication (MRONJ)

  • Ultimately the jaw bone may become non-vital (necrosis) and result in chronic infection, pain, bone exposure, foul mouth odor, fistula or pathologic jaw fracture

  • The UMOMSA faculty are experts in the management of these conditions and treatment may range from medical therapy to advanced surgical techniques with immediate jaw reconstruction using microvascular free tissue transfer