i have a filling(the grey looking ones not the white) on the surface of a molar tooth and a slight decay is beginning to appear on the side of it. i i get a standard panoramic x-ray would it be possible to differentiate any deep decay other than the filling ? or do they have the same colour and decay can only be seen by removing the filling?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 09 - May - 2012, at 01:13 AM

  • Yes, the decayed part of the tooth can be detected in X-Rays and are easily differentited form silver amalgam fillings (The ones that is in your teeth). Upon looking at X ray, the dental filling appear white in color and well demarcated whereas the decayed part is in continuation with the tooth and is dull and dark. So just get an X ray done and everything will be clear..Here is a link regarding dental X rays...http://www.identalhub.com/articlecategory-dental-xrays-101.aspx

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