Delmar's handbook of essential skills and procedures for by Donna J. Phinney

By Donna J. Phinney

This booklet presents crucial details at the center medical talents and tactics dental assistants want to know. Concise and person pleasant, it offers a studying procedure acceptable for formal schooling settings, lab-based courses, on-the-job education and refresher classes, in addition to chairside reference. amazing illustrations make this article perfect for the visually orientated learner.

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Are used to view the films (Fig. 2-42), both normal and pathologic details can be seen more clearly than on standard radiographic film16 (Fig. 2-43). An exhaustive look at digital radiography is beyond the scope of this text, but its diagnostic and treatment advantages are worth noting (Fig. 2-44). Although there are some potential technical issues with these devices, they are irrelevant to the problemsolving focus of this chapter. 2,11,13 This technology can be quite accurate,9,15 and its impact on B FIGURE 2-41 A, Digital radiograph of a mandibular first molar with somewhat indistinct root canals.

The molar teeth can still provide an important clue to film quality, however. Although the palatal root is usually the longest root, the buccal roots are generally within 2 to 6 mm of the length of the palatal root. A film indicating excessively short buccal roots would be questionable, and as often as possible, the buccal roots should appear to frame the palatal root (Fig. 2-24). beam on a skull. A third clue is the position of the zygomatic arch. The normal anatomy is widely variable, and many teeth are difficult to radiograph without superimposition of this structure.

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