Abnormalities noted on panoramic radiographs

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      An analysis was made of 5,556 panoramic radiographs of United States Air Force recruits. The results of the survey indicate that the panoramic radiographic screening examination provides a simple and rapid method of recording the general dental health of a large population and furnishes information concerning dental treatment requirements. The panoramic radiograph, used in conjunction with the Polaroid photograph of the dentition, is an excellent means of dental identification. Specific areas evaluated in this study include missing teeth, required extractions, deciduous and supernumerary teeth, retained roots, impactions, radiolucencies, radiopacities, and radiopacities/radiolucencies.
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