Whenever a lesion is observed on a radiograph, it must first be described in general terms before a differential diagnosis is attempted.Â Is the lesion radiolucent, radiopaque, or mixed (combination of radiolucency and radiopacity)?Â Where is the lesion located?Â The apices of which teeth are involved?Â What is the size of the lesion?Â Is the margin of the lesion ill-defined, well-defined, or well-defined with a radiopaque border?Â Is the appearance of the bone surrounding the lesion: normal, porous, or sclerotic? Continue reading
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White patches in the mouth-Part II
Why should I be concerned?
White patches could be due to a multiple of causes as discussed in the article “white patches in the mouth”. It is important that the underlying cause is identified because of the following reasons:
i) can cause unwanted effectssuch as pain and discomfort and even altered taste sensation. by knowing the cause, the lesion can be treated accordingly and thus ease the patient of all these negative effects.
White patches in the mouth
The normal color of soft tissues in your mouth are usually red,Â with occasional blackish-brownish pigmentation. The difference in color from the rest of your body is due to absence of keratin over the “skin” of your mouth, as evident all over your body. The red color is formed by the blood vessels beneath the thin layer covering in your mouth.
If you find a white patch anywhere in your mouth, it could be a number of conditions or due to a number of reasons as follows: Continue reading