Periapical Lesions — Clinical and Anthropological Aspects

  • Kurt W. Alt
  • Jens C. Türp
  • Rüdiger Wächter


Diseases of teeth and the surrounding periodontal ligament are important topics in paleopathological investigations because they provide useful information about living conditions and dietary patterns. Since dental (pulpal) disease can cause periodontal lesions (and vice versa) (Grant et al. 1988), the two types of pathological conditions are often closely related. In early populations, the main causes of tooth loss were periodontal disease (lateral periodontitis) and pulpoalveolar disease (periapical periodontitis), both of which are attributed to oral infections.


Root Canal Odontogenic Infection Periapical Lesion Dent Assoc Radicular Cyst 
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