The frequency of bitewing radiographs

Michael Shwartz, Joseph S. Pliskin, Hans Göran Gröndahl, Joseph Boffa

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A model for use in analyzing the implications of different rates of caries incidence and progression for the timing of bitewing radiographs was developed. Estimates of progression rates and incidence patterns were derived from an analysis of serial bitewing radiographs. A time schedule for taking the next radiographs was determined so that carious lesions would be detected before radiolucencies reach the inner half of the dentin. For asymptomatic persons with extensive exposure to fluorides and no unrestored enamel lesions on the last radiographs, bitewing films could be scheduled every 2.5 to 3 years. For persons with little exposure to fluorides or with many early enamel lesions or at least one deep enamel lesion that has not been restored, radiographs should be performed every 6 months to 1 year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-305
Number of pages6
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dentistry (all)


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