Full-Mouth X-Rays - How Often?

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by John K., Apr 10, 2006.

  1. John K.

    John K. Guest

    I'd like a considered opinion on how often you should have full-mouth X-rays,
    especially if one has had numerous root canals in the past.

    In my case, it was coming up on 5 years and an infection was discovered along
    side #4, an endo-tooth, treated back in 1989. I have had no symptoms to
    report, except those of a healing root canal which lasted about 3 months.
    I've been chewing on it, unaware of any problem; nothing showed up on the X-
    rays of 12/2000.

    I'm scheduled for surgery next week.

    Is 5 years the norm, or is it one of those "it depends" situations? The area
    of infection looked large enough to me, but the endodontist claimed it is not
    an emergency... yet. That was back in January.

    I think I need to be better prepared in the future. :)

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    John K., Apr 10, 2006
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  2. John K. wrote:
    It's one of those "it depends" situations. Generally, the greater the
    quantity and complexity of dental treatment a patient has had in the
    past, the more likely something will crop up that will show up on a full
    series of x-rays. Root canal failures are one of the events;
    periodontal breakdown is another.
    Many root canal failures present on x-ray as a dark area surrounding
    one or more roots. Sometimes there will be a gum boil, sometimes not.
    Perhaps not intuitively, some of these teeth with large dark areas are
    less likely to turn into an acute toothache, because there is no bone
    overlying the root and if the infection flares it will drain through the
    gum, rather than building up pressure within the bone.
    Good that you're dealing with the situation. These kinds of things
    happen; don't know how you'd prepare better, except to understand that
    these things happen and get checked periodically.

    Steve

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    Mark & Steven Bornfeld, Apr 11, 2006
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  3. John K.

    John K. Guest

    Steven Bornfeld <> wrote in
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    Got it! :)

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    john
    John K., Apr 11, 2006
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  4. John K.

    Joel344 Guest

    Depends but in general its no problemo. We expose
    at 0.3 seconds ..... years ago it was 3.0 seconds!



    Joel





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  5. John K.

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    Joel344 <> wrote in news::
    Yes, I am aware of the exposure times - thanks - but it was not my concern.

    All things considered, I would rather have them more often, especially if
    there is/has been extensive endo-therapy, and 5 years seems a bit long.
    I'm looking to shorten that to a max of 3!

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    Packrat®, Apr 12, 2006
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  6. Packrat® wrote:
    This seems to be the default interval of periodontists (3 years).
    Whether there should be a "default" interval is another story entirely.
    In any case, I wouldn't consider it unusual if things aren't well
    controlled (caries, perio, etc.).

    Steve

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    Mark & Steven Bornfeld, Apr 12, 2006
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  7. John K.

    Joel344 Guest

    We agree .... in fact every other year is okay too.



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