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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.31 No.2 April 2007. -

The goal of this research was to investigate the type and frequency of mandibular and maxillary lesions that could not

be diagnosed relying solely on external macroscopic observation. The sample comprised of 189 maxillae and 182 mandibles

from a late-medieval graveyard. The material was examined both macroscopically and radiologically, using traditional

X-ray facilities, orthopantomographs, and a dental X-ray unit. The total number of lesions detected by radiography

was 103, with the majority of them 90.3% showing no external macroscopic features. The most frequently detected

diseases were periodontal inflammatory lesions 64.1%, followed by developmental anomalies of the teeth 22.3%. The

results of this study revealed that radiography allowed the detection of many underlying pathological lesions of the jaws

that otherwise were not detected through external macroscopic examination.

maxilla; mandible; radiography; jaw diseases; skeletal remains



Author: Marija Djurić - Zoran Rakočević -

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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