Osteomyelitisremains a rare entity in medically fit and well individuals. The clinical features in these patients are not typical of those seen in the traditional debilitated patient and can pose a diagnostic problem. Osteomyelitis should always be considered in the presence of intense and poorly controlled pain following injury to the jaw.
Clinicians should remember that osteomyelitis responds poorly to antibiotics and may require long term IV and oral doses, possibly even as multiple courses.Finally, consideration of CBCT as part of radiological examination may help conclude a diagnosis earlier due to the localisation of the imaging. Acute osteomyelitis, if diagnosed quickly, can be successfully treated using a course of antibiotics for at least four to six weeks.