Case of the week: Calculus with clinical photo

This week I have a case of some serious calculus on the mandibular anterior teeth.  I have both a radiograph and a clinical photo as well.  Calculus appears a radiopaque ‘growths’ on the mesial and/or distal surfaces of teeth.  It is typically found near the cemento-enamel junction but can occur anywhere along the tooth (crown or root).  The radiopacity is less than that of tooth structure.

calculus radiograph

Radiograph showing radiopaque ‘growths’ on mesial and distal surfaces of the mandibular incisors.

calculus clinical photoClinical photo showing the calculus seen in the patients mouth.

I realize calculus is a fairly common occurrence in dentistry I like how this shows both the radiographic and clinical views of a severe calculus buildup. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Thanks and enjoy!