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Is radiographic calculus necessary when taking SRTA (clinical boards)?

I have a question regarding radiographs and calculus. I will take SRTA at the end of the month and I was lucky to have found a patient. I thought he is the ideal patient because I probed and explored and his teeth met SRTA requirements..or at least that’s what I thought until I saw his radiographs. There is no calculus on his radiographs or to be more exact for a potential SRTA patient it’s not the calculus I would have thought to find. What is your opinion on the matter? Is it necessary for the calculus to be present on the radiographs as a general rule? Thank you for your help.



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I would be a bit worried that your patient might not be accepted if the calculus isn’t visible on radiographs. Maybe take a back up patient.

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I too would take a back up patient. However, I’ve seen several patients with no evidence of radio graphic calculus but in reality had moderate to heavy calculus.

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I took WREB in April 2014. I don’t know if the requirements are different from the exam you’re taking, but the patient I used for boards did not have radiographic calculus. The patient did have subgingival calculus that binded the explorer. I almost changed my mind the night before because all of my classmates were submitting patients with radiographic calculus. All in all, I say trust your instinct. If you feel that the patient meets the requirements, then go for it! But be prepared mentally and physically for a back up. Good luck!

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