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diagnosis, prognosis, management, and evaluation
What are the key roles of dental radiographs in relation to periodontal diseases?
• diseases that affect both the soft tissues (gingiva) and bone around the teeth.
combo of radiographic and clinical exams
What is the proper diagnosis and evalation of periodontal diseases?
horizontal bone loss
• height of bone loss around adjacent teeth in a region.
• occurs in a plane parallel to the CEJ.
vertical bone loss
• aka. angular bone loss.
• occurs in a direction where the resorption of one tooth root sharing the interdental septum is greater than the other tooth.
• hardened plaque that appears slightly radiopaque and must be significantly calcified to be recorded on radiographs.
• may appear as irregular projections on proximal root surfaces or ringlike around neck of the tooth.
• local contributing factor seen on radiograph.
• does NOT cause periodontal disease but has been shown to hinder the body's response to the disease.
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