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Old 11-11-2017, 02:42 PM
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My wife had a root canal because they told her the root was infected from an x ray, can you actually tell there is an infection from an X-ray?
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Why do you feel like you got stiffed up the back side?
Well, she had no inclination of any problem so she just listened to what they said. Once the doc got to the area he told her he couldn't find the root? Then filled it in... I don't get it
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I would suggest you do some research on root canals. I know your asking here for a dentist but if one doesn't chime in.
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My wife had a root canal because they told her the root was infected from an x ray, can you actually tell there is an infection from an X-ray?
Yes, you can see the infection by X-ray. No, I am not a dentist.
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Had a root canal done about 10 years ago. I saw on the xrays where the infection was. It was a big white spot under the affected tooth. Mine was pretty bad by that times had an abscess under the tooth. Hers may have just been starting and that is why there were no symptoms.
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My wife (she’s a dentist) says you can tell from an xray. Signs are dark areas around the bone
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I had 2 done. X-rays showed a dark line around the root.
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My wife (she’s a dentist) says you can tell from an xray. Signs are dark areas around the bone
Thanks, I was starting to think my wife was taken for a ride... I guess she has a rare 4th root? Never heard of this
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Thanks, I was starting to think my wife was taken for a ride... I guess she has a rare 4th root? Never heard of this
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This is THT, post X-rays of the wife.
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This is THT, post X-rays of the wife.
Halloween is over, so how about reallies?
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https://goo.gl/images/8QK7HL

I used to do pretty good with pictures with Photobucket. Sorry that you have to click on the link to look at the infected tooth x ray.
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Ha! It sold today!
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Thanks, I was starting to think my wife was taken for a ride... I guess she has a rare 4th root? Never heard of this
Might be true. I had a couple of root canals done by Navy Dentists that went haywire way back. Three years ago, I needed another root canal and based on past experience was gonna avoid the pain & expense and just have the tooth pulled. My regular Dentist, who is absolutely fantastic and very honest convinced me to go see an Endodontist before giving up on the tooth. I went, Endo was a very dynamic and good looking female Doctor who listened to my previous root canal horror stories and then said" I can't guarantee but it is what I do and there have been a LOT of improvements since your last root canal experience". Previous root canal had been performed by a Navy Dentist (Torture Specialist) at the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Japan circa 1992.

I decided to give it a go. Instead of 3-4 agony filled visits, I sat in her chair for about 1.5 hours, completely painless, listening to Pandora Radio and when my mouth was not filled, chatting boats with the Doc. Completely done in 1 visit, 3 years later no issues with the tooth. A few months later ,I need another root canal, same positive experience and results.

Might be a marketing scam but she said I had the 4th root and that was the reason that my previous root canals had been unsuccessful.....
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DDS here....

Yes you can tell from an xray that a tooth is infected, even though it may not be symptomatic. The number of roots a tooth has does not necessarily correspond to the number of canals within those roots. Hence a 3 or even 2 rooted tooth can have 4 canals. Endodontics has definitely benefitted from improved technology that allows for higher success rates and improved long term prognoses. Not aware of any possible way that marketing or scamming can be used as it relates to the number of canals present. You can't make a canal that isn't there and it's in everyone's best interest to find and fill all canals present or the tooth becomes re-infected.
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