- Still a valuable widely-used imaging technique
- Compared to other imaging protocols, full mouth series of periapical films can be time consuming. Depending on national legislation, obtaining periapical films may be delegated
- A paralleling technique is essential
- Digital radiography is recommended
Intra-oral radiography can provide sufficiently diagnostic information regarding a dentition and also, in many instances, also yield the necessary pre-surgical planning information for implant surgery. If panoramic radiography is not available, properly-taken intraoral radiographs provide relevant information about edentulous jaw bone. In general, 2-D images like those obtained with intra-oral radiographs do not provide the same visualization of bone concavities as 3D imaging. For example, lingual bone concavities present in the mandibular molar area cannot be visualized with 2D intra-oral radiographs. Clinically, palpation of the region may alert the clinician to the presence of a concavity and to remove doubt, 3D imaging can be employed to identify and protect oral structures.