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Volume 24 , Issue 1
January/February 2011

Pages 5557

Panoramic Radiographic Examination: A Survey of 271 Edentulous Patients

Emad Ahmed Awad, BDS, MS, PhD/Ayman Al-Dharrab, BDS, MSc, MPhil, PhD

PMID: 21210005

The aim of this study was to quantify the frequency of positive radiographic findings in edentulous arches. Panoramic radiographs from 271 patients who were edentulous in one or both arches were evaluated for the presence of retained root fragments, impacted teeth, foreign bodies, radiolucencies, radiopacities, mental foramina at or near the crest of the residual alveolar ridge, and maxillary sinus proximity to the crest of the residual alveolar ridge. One or more of these radiographic observations were found in 51.7% of the examined films. The most frequent finding (30.6%) was close approximation of the maxillary sinus to the crest of the ridge. These results underscore the importance of panoramic examination of edentulous patients in detecting potential problems before complete denture treatment. However, prescribing such an examination in patients seeking replacement dentures requires a thorough patient history and clinical examination. Int J Prosthodont 2011;24:5557.

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