Yes. Yes, a dental abscess can be missed on the dental xray. Sometimes the abscess may be too small to show up. The abscess could also be obscured by other bony anatomy of the skull. Or the angulation of the xray could be such that the abscess does not show up clearly. The dentist should be able to determine whether you have an abscess by a combination of your symptoms and xrays.
Yes, it's possible. Many times xrays cannot detect early forming abcesses. However, they will eventually be visible. Pain may not be due to an abcess, but a fracture or hidden decay under an old silver filling. Best to see your dentist to reevaluate your problem.
Yes. Before the abscess is visible on an x-ray it may start causing pain.
Dental abscess. Yes. In the early stages, dental abscesses can be missed on xray. Often we treat with antibiotics just in case and repeat the xray in a few weeks.
Yes. When there is an abscess in the bone, then it appears in the x-ray by the pattern of bone destruction. If an abscess is small, or limited to soft tissue, then it will not be evident on an x-ray. Additionally, an x-ray is a 2-dimensional view of a 3-d environment - if the abscess is superimposed by another structure in the image, then the abscess may not be evident in the x-ray. Read more...