- It is an inflammation of the bone which involves the marrow, the cortex and the periosteum. Normally it arises from a dental infection.
- The acute phase of the suppurative osteomyelitis is rapid and shows no radiographic signs in first 8-10 days.
- Without treatment, acute osteomyelitis may progress into a chronic phase with bone destruction.
- As the lesion progresses, an ill defined or moth-eaten radiolucency at the apex of the affected tooth is observed.