Dentition

The conventional radiograph can provide information regarding the dental status of mummified and skeletal remains. Features such as dental wear, caries, attrition, exposed roots, abscesses, bony lesions, and an assessment of peri- versus premortem tooth loss can all be demonstrated radiographically. It is important to note that due to the superimposition of shadows, specific projections are necessary to acquire images for dental assessment. Oblique views of each side of the maxilla and mandible are required to provide an unobstructed visualization of the canines, premolars, and molars (Figure 2.79). A PA projection with the incisors parallel to the image receptor plane will provide a clear view of the incisors (Figure 2.80).

Figure 2.72 The wide angle of the greater sciatic notch (arrow) suggested a female chachapoya mummy.

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