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How dentists detect osteomyelitis of the jaw

Posted on March 13, 2015 11:27 am under Medical Malpractice

Osteomyelitis of the jaw occurs when the bone and the bone marrow of the jaw become inflamed and infected. Although it rarely affects the jaw, osteomyelitis in this area is considered a severe bone condition that requires immediate medical treatment upon diagnosis.

Dental health professionals can perform one or more of these tests to accurately diagnose osteomyelitis of the jaw:

  • Imaging test – CT (computerized tomography) scan, X-rays, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be used to detect osteomyelitis of the jaw and evaluate its severity
  • Bone biopsy – A sample of the bone tissue is acquired to check if any infectious agent is present and what type
  • Blood tests – Blood tests reveal the level of white blood cells in the blood stream. A high WBC level might indicate infection

Osteomyelitis of the jaw is among the most commonly misdiagnosed dental condition. Unfortunately, some dental practitioners choose to veer on the side of negligence by refusing to perform additional tests to confirm a diagnosis. If your health has been severely impacted by a misdiagnosis in Milwaukee, a dental malpractice lawyer at (414) 271-0900 may be able to help you file a lawsuit against the parties concerned. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.