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Radiology and radiological procedures in everyday dentistry

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Dr Marcel Noujeim, Professor and Graduate Programme Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, describes why it’s important for dental professionals to perform and interpret radiographic procedures.


What is the role of oral and maxillofacial radiology in everyday dental practice?
Dental diagnostic sciences, especially oral and maxillofacial radiology, are considered to be the cornerstone (or starting point) for every emergency or comprehensive dental treatment. This is an important field of dentistry due to x-ray images being able to show non-clinically visible dental and osseous anatomical structures, since oral clinical manifestations must have a hidden root in the bone and are covered by soft tissues.
Every successful treatment plan must have a complete and exhaustive diagnosis showing all covered or uncovered aspects of the maxillofacial complex. Osseous manifestations of multiple conditions – starting from simple periapical abscess to the most complicated osseous disease or manifestation of a systemic condition – are detected radiographically using multiple oral and maxillofacial radiology techniques.

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