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Can digital Xray show accurately a tooth has decay within the tooth when the surface does not show decay?

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Sure. Any radiograph can show that, which is why we take them. We cannot touch all surfaces of the tooth with our instruments, and decay often creeps in between the teeth, which is why flossing is so important. Also, the bacteria are microscopic, and they can get through fissures and cracks that are too tiny for us to feel with our instruments, and once inside the tooth, they go crazy.  

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Frederick R. Liewehr DDS, MS, FICD

Expertise

I can answer your questions about root canal therapy in general. PLEASE DO NOT ask me to diagnose your particular problems or recommend treatment as I cannot do this without examining you and seeing your x-rays.

Experience

I am a Board-certified endodontist, former university department Chairman, teach dental residents, and have a private practice.

Organizations
ADA, AAE, ICD, AAOM, FDI, AMSUS, AAOB

Publications
J of Endodontics, Endodontics and Dental Traumatology, O,O,O, Military Medicine, Medical Bulletin, J of Dental Education

Education/Credentials
DDS, MS (Oral Biology), certificate in Endodontics

Awards and Honors
Surgeon General's "A" Designator, Fellowship ICD, Order of Military Medical Merit

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