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Can Dentists do their job without x-raying patients?

 
MMXI

Asked by MMXI at 2:10 PM on Mar. 3, 2011 in Kids' Health

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  • For a lot of things they need the XRays. For a cleaning, No. For cavities, No.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:25 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • a cleaning yes but everything else they need an x-ray so they know where and what they are looking for
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 2:11 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • How would they be able to see the cavity when its small w/out an xray? If you wait for a cavity to become visible you risk losing the whole tooth or needing a root canal.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:13 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • How would they be able to see the cavity when its small w/out an xray? If you wait for a cavity to become visible you risk losing the whole tooth or needing a root canal.

    Dentists look at the tooth not the x-ray to know how deep to go with the drilling. Dentists don't need the x-rays. But I could be wrong.
    MMXI

    Comment by MMXI (original poster) at 2:22 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • Of course they need an xray. Why would they do it? just to charge you? because they like radiation?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:34 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • I had a tooth pulled when I was pregnant without having an x-ray done. Beyond that, no, they really can't fix anything without doing an x-ray first.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • If the cavity is in your tooth how are they going to see how far it is in there w/out an xray?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:19 PM on Mar. 3, 2011