A vertical bitewing radiograph of the maxillary left molar area of a patient demonstrates slight to.

A vertical bitewing radiograph of the maxillary left molar area of a patient demonstrates slight to moderate vertical periodontal bone disease on the mesial of tooth #14. The dental hygienist’s clinical examination also detects an overhang on the MODB amalgam restoration that was placed 10 years ago. Which of the following statements best describes the radiographic findings of this area? (a) The crestal bone on the mesial of tooth #14 no longer exists, the interproximal area is radiolucent, and there is a radiopaque projection of the amalgam restoration in the proximal area. (b) The crestal bone on the mesial of tooth #14 no longer exists, the interproximal area is radiopaque, and there is a radiolucent projection of the amalgam restoration in the proximal area. (c) The crestal bone on the mesial of tooth #14 is intact, and the overhanging amalgam restoration on the mesial of tooth #14 has no bearing on the oral health status of this patient. (d) The radiographic appearance of the crestal bone and the overhanging amalgam restoration are not significant to the oral health status of this patient.

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