Caries Interpretation: Occlusal Caries 4


Now onto occlusal caries, which are more often found clinically when small.  Here’s the goods.

  • A well-localized radiolucent band/area is seen at the dentino-enamel junction of the occlusal surface. It starts as a band following the junction but as it grows will become more of an area.

occlusal caries diagramocclusal caries radiographNote the radiolucent area at the center of the dentino-enamel junction of the mandibular first molar indicating occlusal decay.  (There’s also a massive round cone cut 🙂 ).  If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Thanks and enjoy!


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