Would it be easy to see a cracked tooth in a dental x-ray? I had x-rays were done at two different times and at different dentist offices. The time period between each one was less than a month. And a crack was not found in either of them. Then, I happened to change to an endodontist office that did another set of x-rays. They said I had a crack and needed a root canal immediately. How could the other dentists not have seen the crack?
– Linda from California
Interesting question. It would be difficult to detect a crack in your tooth with an x-ray, unless the angle just so happened to pick it up. The chances that the angle would be in the exact position for detection are slim.
The endodontist likely didn’t spot the crack on the x-ray but may have seen some other factors that a cracked tooth was determined. It is not uncommon to treat a tooth crack with a root canal, but it is unlikely that it will be seen on an x-ray.
I hope that answered your question.
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