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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 60-64

Pulpo-periapical periodontitis : A radiographic study


1 Associate Dean, Professor and H.O.D., ABSM institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore-57 5001, India
2 Former Postgraduate Student, ABSM institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore-57 5001, India
3 Postgraduate student, Department of Oral Medicine, & Radiology, College of Dental Surgery, Mangalore-57 5001, India

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Pulp diseases particularly pulpitis are diagnosed on the basis of testing pulp vitality by thermal tests and vitalometer. When radiographic examination shows some periapical changes in a tooth whose pulp is vital, such cases are, therefore, included as pulpoperiapical periodontitis. The purpose of this study was to find out periapical radiographic changes in the teeth with vital pulp having pulp hyperemia, and/or chronic pulpitis and chronic hyper plastic pulpitis. Periapical changes were seen in about 50% of the teeth with pulpitis. It was significantly more in teeth with pulp polyp with chronic pulpitis.The common radiographic changes associated with chronic pulpitis were widened peridontal ligament space and discontinuity of lamina dura, and in pulp polyp were condensing osteitis, discontinuty in lamina dura and widened periodontal ligament space.


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