Intraoral radiography is part and parcel of the daily practice of dentistry. Radiographs provide important information to supplement the clinical examination, enabling the dentist to render a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. Guidance regarding the prescription of radiographs can be found in course, Radiographic Selection Criteria (CE584).

This course will focus on the anatomical structures that are recorded on intraoral radiographic images. The clinician must be familiar with the anatomical structures to ensure accurate orientation and/or arrangement prior to interpretation. Recognition of anatomical structures serves as a baseline to differentiate normal structures from abnormalities.

It should be understood that not every structure presented will be seen on every radiographic survey. However, enough structures will be recorded to provide the necessary guidance for arrangement and interpretation.