Being that I’ve been asked quite a few questions on cervical burnout versus caries, I thought it might help to go over the topic a little more in depth. Here are the initial four caries interpretation posts (interproximal caries, occlusal caries, recurrent caries, root caries). Here’s the goods on cervical burnout.
- Presents as a diffuse radiolucent area on the interproximal surfaces of the root apical to the cemento-enamel junction.
- Created by decreased x ray attenuation of the cementum as it is very thin and unable to stop x rays from reaching the image receptor.
- No visible tooth structure missing in this area.
Using some of the previous find the caries examples, see if you can find other areas of cervical burnout.
Please leave any questions or answers in the comments below. Thanks and enjoy!