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How common is it for a dentist to not be able to tell if a cavity exists or how big a cavity is because of dental fillings that were previously inserted into the tooth?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Direct inspection cannot detect all dental cavities, but dental X-rays miss very few. Discuss with your dentist.

Answered Apr 16, 2023

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Quite common. Old fillings often mask decay lurking in spots that radiographs cannot capture since they don't pass through the fillings You've asked so many questions regarding your restoration... trust your dentist.

Answered Apr 18, 2023

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