Caries Interpretation: Occlusal Caries Practice 5


Now some time to find occlusal caries.

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5 thoughts on “Caries Interpretation: Occlusal Caries Practice

    • Dr. Shawneen Gonzalez Post author

      It appears to be a pseudo-Mach effect due to the rotation of the teeth and crest of the alveolar ridge. All within the range of normal. 🙂

  • M. Alagha

    Again and always, Thank you Dr. Shawneen for all of what you are doing.

    1st Radiograph:
    #16 there is an inter proximal caries on the medial surface. But i can not confirm any occlusal caries on any of the presented teeth.

    2nd Radiograph:
    There is an obvious occlusal caries on #26
    What is the radiolucent area extending to the distal pulp-horn of the 37?

    3rd Radiograph (OPG)
    as we know that the OPG is not a good diagnostic method for caries detection and that is specially in the premolar region.
    Those that are apparent from this radiograph are occlusal caries on (#27, #37). There is also a missing 22 and pegged shaped 21.
    There is a very small radiolucent pit of the occlusal surface of 36 but I can not tell if this is a small carious lesion. Bitewing radiograph is needed.

    • Dr. Shawneen Gonzalez Post author

      Thanks and nicely done. Yes, pantomographs are not ideal for caries interpretation but this case was a special one that I wanted to share as you could see occlusal decay on some of the teeth. 🙂