A 17-year-old female asked:
Is it possible to physically see bone loss from periodontal disease, even if it is mild, or can it only be seen through an x-ray?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 40 years experience
Radiographs: Radiographs are an important part in diagnosing all dental problems. Without films, it's like driving a car with your eyes closed... you're bound to have no idea what is going on. With visualization of the gingiva and periodontal pocket measurements, radiographs not only show bone loss, but how much root is still embedded in the bone. Short rooted teeth are affected more than long rooted teeth.
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Pain Management 36 years experience
X-rays: X-rays play a major and vital part in the overall diagnosis of periodontal disease.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019
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