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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

An Update on Bitewing Radiography Technology

Categories: Digital Radiography

Author(s): Brad Potter

Course Type: elearning

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists


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Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information on the use of radiography for caries detection. On completion of this article, the participant will be able to:

1.Review the types of oral radiographs used for caries detection

2.Define sensitivity and specificity

3.Contrast and compare the methodology and results for radiographic caries detection

4.List and describe the methods by which radiation exposure is reduced as well as the relative radiation exposure with different radiographic methodologies for caries detection


Unfortunately, dental caries continues to be a primary oral health issue, which requires a comprehensive consideration of caries risks, preventative oral health care by the patient and dental professional, and a series of clinical techniques to determine the presence and extent of caries involvement. Total patient care requires radiographic assessment of dental disease and is considered an essential tool in this assessment. Bitewing radiographs remain the primary diagnostic image for intraoral caries assessment with periapical imaging and extraoral imaging being used as adjunctive tools. Both film-based and digital intraoral bitewing images continue to provide the necessary resolution and evidence-based accuracy for diagnosis, while extraoral techniques require further study.


COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from INSTRUMENTARIUM.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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