U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Health and Wellness > Dental Health
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 01-05-2015, 02:44 PM
4 posts, read 5,744 times
Reputation: 10


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.
Attached Thumbnails
X-ray review-xray1.jpg   X-ray review-xray2.jpg  
Quick reply to this message

Old 01-05-2015, 08:18 PM
595 posts, read 2,400,758 times
Reputation: 1214
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.
Quick reply to this message
Old 01-05-2015, 08:53 PM
1,552 posts, read 1,938,607 times
Reputation: 2379
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.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Health and Wellness > Dental Health
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top