Wrong Diagnosis

Wrong diagnosis happens

The wrong diagnosis can be amongst the worse experiences of life. Imagine the distress of a person with a severe headache. He visits a doctor and he diagnoses him with a migraine when he has a brain aneurysm. 

Sometimes, physicians mistakenly make the wrong diagnosis and assume a severe disease to be a minor problem. Misdiagnosis can lead to detrimental situations that can even be fatal to the patient. Thousands of patients die every year due to the wrong diagnosis by physicians and doctors.

Diagnosis improvements in dentistry

According to experts, this is the area where more room for improvement is needed. General Dental Council works very close with oral dental care professionals to avoid any wrong-diagnosis or misdiagnosis providing guidelines. All Dental Care professionals must attend every year for continuous professional development courses in order to update the knowledge. A diagnosis of a disease can be challenging. However, it is the duty of the physician and the doctor to professionally and properly diagnose the disease or disorder so that it is not left untreated. The wrong diagnosis does not always lead to catastrophic situations in dentistry. Most of the time the mistake is corrected and the disease is diagnosed and treated properly. Misdiagnosis in dentistry most of the time can happen if there are abnormalities in person’s teeth development or difficulties to diagnose in relation to unknown factors. Dentistry diagnostics improving every time and we try to find the best diagnostic options to our patients. If your condition can’t be diagnosed in the surgery by your dentist, most of the time you will be referred to an oral health care specialist.

Diagnostic errors

Diagnostic errors and wrong diagnosis can be minimized by following simple strategies. Maintaining checklists can be helpful as well. The latest sophisticated technologies such as X-rays, CT scans, etc are fundamental in this regard. These effectively minimize the risk of the wrong diagnosis. Also, it helps doctors and physicians to diagnose the disease or disorder properly. Viewing of the x-ray and CT scan reports by other physicians and getting their advice is also a good practice which can help in this regard.