A Review of Asymptomatic Periapical Radiopacity of the Mandible

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A Review of Asymptomatic Periapical Radiopacity of the Mandible

Yahaya N, Roslan AR, Faizah AF, Noren NH, Ramli R: A Review of Asymptomatic Periapical Radiopacity of the Mandible. Mal. J. Oral Maxillofax. Surg. 2006: 4:18–22.

Abstract:Asymptomatic periapical radiopacity (APR) refers to a radiopaque lesionat the apex of a tooth or its surrounding area that is discovered as an incidental radiographic finding during routine examination. The aim of this study was to observe the prevalence of APR in panoramic radiographs of patients who attended Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Malaysia between July 1998 toDecember 2002. This lesion were present in 4.4% of the 500 radiographs reviewedand were noted in patients aged between 21 to 30, especially in Malay females. Alllesions occurred in the mandible and the most common sites involved were the lower right second permanent premolars (27.3%) and lower right first permanent molars(22.7%)