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does radiographic bone loss always equal a similar pocket depth to what is seen on the xray?

Help! Not sure if this is a silly question, I thought I learned in school that just because there may be a significant amount of bone loss, that it doesn’t necessarily equal a similar depth to what you may think it would be



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You are correct. Bone loss seen on radiographs may not equal pocket depths. When reattachment (healing) occurs, a long junctional epithelium is created which can make pocket depths shallow. On the other hand, inflammation can make pocket depths deeper than what is seen on radiographs, especially with gingivitis, where there is no bone loss. Not a silly question!

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