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A 33-year-old female asked:

can a new dentist be untruthful to you when showing you your dental xrays, saying that you have 10 small cavities, when 6 months ago only had one.

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Likely have 10: Anyone can lie. Dentists as a profession are ranked as one of the most trustworthy and honest. Sight unseen you probably have all those cavities. Sometimes it's subjective when to fill small ones. It's aways better to be proactive!, than to let small ones go and have big problems later on.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
???: I assume there is always the possibility that a person, including a dentist could be misleading you. Ask for a copy of your x-rays and get a second opinion. Good luck.
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Perhaps: I'd prefer to think that this is more a difference of opinion. You may have some incipient cavities (very small, only in enamel). Some dentists monitor these while others prefer to restore these to prevent them from getting bigger (in their opinion). There's a new procedure whereby these incipient cavities can be sealed with a resin to remove the "softer" enamel and seal the tooth.
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Early Detection: New technology enables dentists to detect decay earlier then in the past. It is possible that the dentist with the newer equipment is actually going to preserve more tooth structure by early intervention (smaller hole). Laser detection (diagnadent) and sopra fluoresence are some of the newest tools I have in my practice for early intervention. If very early, Fluoride mineralization is best.
Dr. Gregory Prieston
Dentistry 42 years experience
Cavity Detection : The models of how decay forms have changed. Before fluoridation, decay formed at the tooth surface and progressed inward making it easier to feel a difference in hardness of the tooth surface as the enamel softened from decay. However, since fluoride, decay forms from the bottom of the tooth grooves and moves pward. Harder to detect. A laser cavity detector you will find 70 % of cavities missed.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

I just had 18 dental xrays during my check up. Is this normal and can this cause problems?

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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Depends...: This full set of x-rays is recommended every three to five years, in general. If this much time has past since your last set of 18 x-rays, then it is normal. Other rarer circumstances may require that the interval be faster....

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