Definition: Diffuse calcifications in the pulp chamber and/or root canal. This is also referred to as calcerous degeneration.
Location: Any pulp chamber and/or root canal.
Shape: Follows the shape of the pulp chamber and/or root canal.
Other: Does not alter the shape of the pulp chamber and/or root canal. These calcifications conform to the shape of the pulp chamber and/or root canal.
Number: Multiple entities exist in a single tooth, may affect multiple teeth throughout the mouth.
TIP: Small pulp stones and pulpal sclerosis in a pulp chamber may be difficult to determine the difference between. Look to see if the pulp chamber shape has been enlarged indicating a pulp stone. If the pulp chamber shape has not been enlarged, pulpal sclerosis is more likely. Both are incidental findings and treatment is not necessary on a vital asymptomatic tooth.
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(note the radiopaque area in the pulp chamber of the first molar and how it conforms to the chamber shape)
(note the radiopaque areas in the pulp chambers of both mandibular molars)
(all three mandibular molars are effected)