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Old 06-20-2019, 10:12 AM
 
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I went to dentist with pain in months old extraction site. They took x-ray said extraction site looks fine and is healing Next day the adjacent tooth starts to feel sore to bite. Called back and they confirmed from x-ray that the tooth looks A-OK too and give it some time.



How conclusive are x-rays? Or in other words, what can they rule out and cannot rule out by looking at an x-ray in my case?

Im assuming the xray tells me I dont have an abscessed tooth..hopefully.
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Old 06-20-2019, 12:46 PM
 
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X-rays can "see" bone and other dense structures like a filling or other metal. Soft tissues don't show up as distinctly. If you have a soft tissue infection, inflammation and swelling, an x-ray may not be able to show what's going on very well.
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Old 06-20-2019, 01:29 PM
 
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You can learn about it here, if you'd like:
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:00 PM
 
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Last time I was at the dentist (last month) they now have an x-ray machine that's actually a Cat-scan. It took a CT-scan of my mouth area, and was extremely detailed.

I had a fractured root and new infection from a previously abscessed tooth that already had a root canal and crown 10 years ago.

Doc tried drilling down to the root area again to clean it out (after I had finished a weeks worth of antibiotics), and said things just seemed "off" to him. That's why he then said to wanted the special CT-scan x-ray.
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:36 PM
 
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Mispost.
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Old 06-21-2019, 06:57 AM
 
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I read that pain in teeth doesnt occur until its too late.



For instance, say I have an x-ray that shows A-OK but the very next day, pain develops.



Do you think the cause of that pain would have shown on an x-ray the previous day when the patient was experiencing no pain?
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:16 PM
 
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I read that pain in teeth doesnt occur until its too late.



For instance, say I have an x-ray that shows A-OK but the very next day, pain develops.



Do you think the cause of that pain would have shown on an x-ray the previous day when the patient was experiencing no pain?


The dentist was did a percussive test on the tooth by banging his instrument on it.... There was no pain at that time. I woke up the next morning and that tooth is sore!
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:49 PM
 
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I read that pain in teeth doesnt occur until its too late.



For instance, say I have an x-ray that shows A-OK but the very next day, pain develops.



Do you think the cause of that pain would have shown on an x-ray the previous day when the patient was experiencing no pain?


The dentist was did a percussive test on the tooth by banging his instrument on it.... There was no pain at that time. I woke up the next morning and that tooth is sore!
Are you sure its the tooth or is it possibly the gum around it?
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Old 06-21-2019, 01:09 PM
 
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Are you sure its the tooth or is it possibly the gum around it?

Its possible because the initial throbbing I was feeling in the extraction site alone started a day after I was picking bone fragments from the gums. I got some out but I irritated the gums in the process. Again, x-ray showed nothing ... not even more fragments so they say.



But now since I had the dentist look at it I feel a soreness in the adjacent tooth.



If its the gums that are irritated, could applying pressure/bite to an adjacent tooth cause a sore sensation that might be confused as a toothache?



Would gum irritation also present itself as an intermittent throbbing pain?
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:03 PM
 
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Pulpitis could, yes. However, I don't know why you would develop pulpitis now if the extraction was several months ago.
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