Assessment Step 7: Intraoral Radiology
Intraoral radiography offers the capability to view pathology below the gum line, as well as inside and around the tooth. Use dental films as part of a complete yearly oral assessment to evaluate apparent pathology and monitor progression or resolution of treated disease.
The Importance of Dental Radiography
The radiography step plays an integral part in the ORAL ATP™ visit. Films have revealed disease not visible to the eye in more than 30% (Verstraete, Kass, et al., 1998) of cases.
Many cases of x-ray images of pathology which clinically was not evident
Canine stage four periodontal disease
Periapical lucency consistent with endodontic disease
Diagonally impacted first premolar