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does Anyone know how to READ Dental X-RAYS or has a link??

 
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does Anyone know how to READ Dental X-RAYS or has a link??
I got a panoramic X-ray today of my teeth, and I'd like to learn a little bit about what some things mean in it. Can anyone suggest a link or explain? Thanks!! :-)
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Former dental hygienist. What's your question?
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Re: does Anyone know how to READ Dental X-RAYS or has a link??
Here's a link that may answer some questions.

[link to www.simplyteeth.com]
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Re: does Anyone know how to READ Dental X-RAYS or has a link??
Former dental hygienist. What's your question?
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thank you for replying...

How can you tell cavities,infections in the teeth, around teeth, joe....also, in root canals (with crowns on top) - is there a way to tell if there are problems with teeth or around those teeth?

Also, there is a white spot on top of the root of one of the tooth (it's next to the root/gum)...
Does it mean anything?

Thanks for your help!! :=)
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Former dental hygienist. What's your question?


thank you for replying...

How can you tell cavities,infections in the teeth, around teeth, joe....also, in root canals (with crowns on top) - is there a way to tell if there are problems with teeth or around those teeth?

Also, there is a white spot on top of the root of one of the tooth (it's next to the root/gum)...
Does it mean anything?

Thanks for your help!! :=)
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I am a dental assistant as well. I think we would need to see your x ray.
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I actually applaud you for taking responsibility a bit in your medical affairs.

99% of others actually will do everything a doc or dentist says.

i'm not saying you wouldn't take their advice .. its just good you trying to learn some too ..

America lacks this
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Re: does Anyone know how to READ Dental X-RAYS or has a link??
Here's a link that may answer some questions.

[link to www.simplyteeth.com]
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cool link, thank you!
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I actually applaud you for taking responsibility a bit in your medical affairs.

99% of others actually will do everything a doc or dentist says.

i'm not saying you wouldn't take their advice .. its just good you trying to learn some too ..

America lacks this
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Thank you! Through many trials and errors with doctors, I have learned that it helps to get extra information. My husband recently had wisdom tooth pulled, he got so sick after that, that he had to have a nasal surgery...from infection.

I just got my wisdom tooth pulled today and had to do an x-ray. Surgent was reluctant to tell me much till I saw a family dentist. It would take me a while to get to one, so I am doing a little investigating :-)

Also, what't the best way to take care of the wound after tooth was pulled?
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Reading an xRay with any real accuracy - when soft tissue is involved (like the gums and nerves vs the hard tissue of the tooth itself) is half knowledge, part experience and part black art!

Instructors at Dental Colleges frequently get a DX wrong from reading xRays alone. The angle, power, and detail of the shot makes accurate imaging nearly impossible. Then you have the function of interpreting that image, if and when you get a good one.

Often times in the case of major injury or a major restoration being considered or undertaken, the treating dentist will send the xRays out to a specialist dental radiologist who may or may not be able to raise the percentages of accuracy substantially.

See, I told you it was part black art - almost.

The panoramic xRays you have had done show the alignment of the lower and upper teeth, but that's about all they show with any accuracy. If you need to have them read by an expert (and even that's iffy) call your local schools of dentistry and find out who's the top rated dental radiologist in the area and go see him/her. A $100 fee for a few minutes of expert interpretation could save you a fortune in unnecessary fees and costs and pain!
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Re: does Anyone know how to READ Dental X-RAYS or has a link??
Reading an xRay with any real accuracy - when soft tissue is involved (like the gums and nerves vs the hard tissue of the tooth itself) is half knowledge, part experience and part black art!

Instructors at Dental Colleges frequently get a DX wrong from reading xRays alone. The angle, power, and detail of the shot makes accurate imaging nearly impossible. Then you have the function of interpreting that image, if and when you get a good one.

Often times in the case of major injury or a major restoration being considered or undertaken, the treating dentist will send the xRays out to a specialist dental radiologist who may or may not be able to raise the percentages of accuracy substantially.

See, I told you it was part black art - almost.

The panoramic xRays you have had done show the alignment of the lower and upper teeth, but that's about all they show with any accuracy. If you need to have them read by an expert (and even that's iffy) call your local schools of dentistry and find out who's the top rated dental radiologist in the area and go see him/her. A $100 fee for a few minutes of expert interpretation could save you a fortune in unnecessary fees and costs and pain!
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I might do that, thank!
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Former dental hygienist. What's your question?


thank you for replying...

How can you tell cavities,infections in the teeth, around teeth, joe....also, in root canals (with crowns on top) - is there a way to tell if there are problems with teeth or around those teeth?

Also, there is a white spot on top of the root of one of the tooth (it's next to the root/gum)...
Does it mean anything?

Thanks for your help!! :=)

I am a dental assistant as well. I think we would need to see your x ray.
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Could you tell me what's the best way to care for the wound after tooth was pulled?
They gave me vague instructions.....and the office is now closed. :-(

Main things I wonder about are -
1. Do I need to change Gauze pads every hour for the first day, or just few times? And then take them out? Do I sleep with the gauze?

2. I am planning to eat (soup, juice) today... Can I take the gauze out, or should I keep it in?

Thank you for your help!

p.s. Colloidal silver, is it recommended in cases like that?
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Re: does Anyone know how to READ Dental X-RAYS or has a link??
How can you tell cavities,infections in the teeth, around teeth, joe....also, in root canals (with crowns on top) - is there a way to tell if there are problems with teeth or around those teeth?

Also, there is a white spot on top of the root of one of the tooth (it's next to the root/gum)...
Does it mean anything?

Thanks for your help!! :=)


Hi,
I thought you would like to know about my experience with a dentist.

I had an infected tooth because I had bitten down on a popcorn kernel and obviously it affected my tooth/gum area. I got some antibiotics and the infection/tooth healed just fine.

Two years later, that same tooth became infected again. I went to a dentist and they did x-rays and told me that I needed to have the tooth pulled. I explained to the dentist about the previous situation with the tooth as to the popcorn and that antibiotics cleared the infection and the tooth was fine for 2 years.

The dentist acted as if I was wasting her time with my story. That was my first tip that she could have cared less about any history with that tooth.

I asked her for antibiotics (because I knew it was an infection) and told her that if the antibiotics didn't work, that I would set up an appointment to have the tooth pulled.

She refused my request an insisted that I have the tooth pulled the next day to the tune of $189. I was born in the morning, but I wasn't born yesterday. The dentist was acting like a dictator when the truth is that I was her customer.

So after I left, I contacted other dentists and asked if they refuse antibiotics to their customers who request it. They were surprised at what had happened to me with that dentist.

So I canceled my appointment with that corrupt dentist.

So I ended up going to the doctor and got antibiotics for my tooth/gum infection. Within a week the infection was gone. My tooth was still tender so I was very careful while chewing. After about 3 months, my tooth was fully recovered and I have not had any problem with it since. That was 4 years ago.

I contacted the corrupt dentist and asked her why she refused my offer to have the tooth pulled if the antibiotics didn't work. I also reminded her that I was her customer and had since named her "dictator". I told her that obviously their x-ray that told them that I needed to get my tooth pulled was nothing but a total lie. It was the infection that showed up, not that the tooth needed to be pulled.

I never got an apology nor a reply from her. It was quite clear that all she wanted was more cash for her lies.

So be careful as to what someone might try and teach you about x-rays. For me, my knowledge of the history of my tooth and that antibiotics cured the issue previously .....told me that what I needed was antibiotics and not bullshit from that dentist.

Even her dental assistant was trying to convince me that the tooth needed to be pulled while she was looking at the x-ray. So what did they see? To them it was a tooth that needed pulling.

The truth of the matter was that it was an infection they were looking at. Easily cleared up by antibiotics.

So both the so-called professional dentist and her assistant got it wrong via the x-ray.

I was correct in asking for antibiotics to clear the infection. I still have my tooth and I'm so proud that I didn't buy into their bullshit.

So be careful as to what you are led to believe about x-rays. My experience makes me wonder about the whole practice of dentistry. Especially since I know the truth about fluoride. That is fluoride is nothing but pure poison, so why do dentists insist that you get a regular fluoride treatment/cleaning? I stopped using any toothpaste with fluoride and within the last few years now I notice that their are other dentist who avoid fluoride too. If your dentist doesn't avoid fluoride, I would pick a different dentist. After all, the one who promote fluoride are the one who also put mercury fillings into peoples teeth. Nothing about that practice adds up.
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Re: does Anyone know how to READ Dental X-RAYS or has a link??
How can you tell cavities,infections in the teeth, around teeth, joe....also, in root canals (with crowns on top) - is there a way to tell if there are problems with teeth or around those teeth?

Also, there is a white spot on top of the root of one of the tooth (it's next to the root/gum)...
Does it mean anything?

Thanks for your help!! :=)


Hi,
I thought you would like to know about my experience with a dentist.

I had an infected tooth because I had bitten down on a popcorn kernel and obviously it affected my tooth/gum area. I got some antibiotics and the infection/tooth healed just fine.

Two years later, that same tooth became infected again. I went to a dentist and they did x-rays and told me that I needed to have the tooth pulled. I explained to the dentist about the previous situation with the tooth as to the popcorn and that antibiotics cleared the infection and the tooth was fine for 2 years.

The dentist acted as if I was wasting her time with my story. That was my first tip that she could have cared less about any history with that tooth.

I asked her for antibiotics (because I knew it was an infection) and told her that if the antibiotics didn't work, that I would set up an appointment to have the tooth pulled.

She refused my request an insisted that I have the tooth pulled the next day to the tune of $189. I was born in the morning, but I wasn't born yesterday. The dentist was acting like a dictator when the truth is that I was her customer.

So after I left, I contacted other dentists and asked if they refuse antibiotics to their customers who request it. They were surprised at what had happened to me with that dentist.

So I canceled my appointment with that corrupt dentist.

So I ended up going to the doctor and got antibiotics for my tooth/gum infection. Within a week the infection was gone. My tooth was still tender so I was very careful while chewing. After about 3 months, my tooth was fully recovered and I have not had any problem with it since. That was 4 years ago.

I contacted the corrupt dentist and asked her why she refused my offer to have the tooth pulled if the antibiotics didn't work. I also reminded her that I was her customer and had since named her "dictator". I told her that obviously their x-ray that told them that I needed to get my tooth pulled was nothing but a total lie. It was the infection that showed up, not that the tooth needed to be pulled.

I never got an apology nor a reply from her. It was quite clear that all she wanted was more cash for her lies.

So be careful as to what someone might try and teach you about x-rays. For me, my knowledge of the history of my tooth and that antibiotics cured the issue previously .....told me that what I needed was antibiotics and not bullshit from that dentist.

Even her dental assistant was trying to convince me that the tooth needed to be pulled while she was looking at the x-ray. So what did they see? To them it was a tooth that needed pulling.

The truth of the matter was that it was an infection they were looking at. Easily cleared up by antibiotics.

So both the so-called professional dentist and her assistant got it wrong via the x-ray.

I was correct in asking for antibiotics to clear the infection. I still have my tooth and I'm so proud that I didn't buy into their bullshit.

So be careful as to what you are led to believe about x-rays. My experience makes me wonder about the whole practice of dentistry. Especially since I know the truth about fluoride. That is fluoride is nothing but pure poison, so why do dentists insist that you get a regular fluoride treatment/cleaning? I stopped using any toothpaste with fluoride and within the last few years now I notice that their are other dentist who avoid fluoride too. If your dentist doesn't avoid fluoride, I would pick a different dentist. After all, the one who promote fluoride are the one who also put mercury fillings into peoples teeth. Nothing about that practice adds up.
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Thanks for sharing your story. I am glad you had your tooth saved. I've got several horror stories about doctors, so I am very careful now. I try to get a lot of information, sift through it, ask questions....I am definitely a pain in a butt when I go to doctors, because I drill them with questions. :-)
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Re: does Anyone know how to READ Dental X-RAYS or has a link??
Your welcome! Good to hear you question everything because we all should.

The best part of that experience with me was that I learned to trust myself rather than someone else just because they had a "title".

I also learned that some people with their "titles" don't like to be wrong about anything. I can't help but wonder what that ego has done to harm others.

Had she replied to my e-mail and apologized for her actions and refunded me, it certainly would have made a difference. But because she avoided me altogether, she knows that she is guilty of her actions. But she certainly cashed my check. So what kind of business is she running? It's all about the profit and certainly not the patient. Shame on her.





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