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Old 01-05-2015, 02:44 PM
 
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Hello all, I'm hoping that some of you may help me out.
My new dentist found a number of cavities, even though I was cavity free for a number of years. I'm wondering if the dentist read the x-ray correctly. Could anyone take a look at my x-rays and tell me how many cavities you see?
Thank you and Happy New Year.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:18 PM
 
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For one thing, nobody can do what you're asking ethically. Second, it's entirely possible to "all of a sudden" get cavities when you go to a new dentist. Some Dentists are more conservative than others. Some will watch a small cavity for a little while and if it gets larger, then recommend a filling. Others are more aggressive and will recommend the filling before it gets too big. The point being, you went to a new Dentist, they found a number of teeth with cavities that "they" would recommend filling. You can do two things, A) take their diagnosis and set up appointments to get the teeth filled or B) find a different dentist and get a second opinion.

As to reading the X-ray correctly, it's part of their schooling to learn how to properly read a radiograph. They also do the physical exam which can tell them further information to help their diagnosis. If the cavities they found are on the biting surface (occlusal) of the tooth, then those are harder to diagnose strictly from a radiograph due to the way they present. Typically, occlusal surface cavities are hard to see on an X-ray unless they get pretty significant. Which is why the physical exam tends to find them first.

Either way, if you cannot trust this new Dentist, I suggest you try to find one you do.

Good Luck.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:53 PM
 
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Let me get this straight.....you doubt the diagnoses you have been given by a board-certified dentist, so you want the opinion of a bunch of strangers on the internet?

I see some subtle cavities but I won't go any further for liability (and other) reasons. Maybe I should post my 2014 tax documents and see if I can find accounting advice from these same strangers.
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