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Dr. Kauffman or Dr. Brown - Seeking Input on Xrays Please!
sabine48 posted:
Hello again,

I am the one who asked about having xrays and when to know if it is enough or to go along with it. My post a week ago explained the situation in question. My appointment to finish up the re-do on the root canal on my upper molar is scheduled for next Tuesday.

It's quite possible they will do more (xrays). I don't believe now that re-doing the root canal in that particular tooth was the problem with the abcess (located between last two top teeth) so it's likely they will suggest a re-do on the other molar next to it. I am guessing that will require more xrays. Could you please adivse? What should I prepare for so far as agreeing to allow them to do more? This concerns me and I sincerely seek answers.

Thank you.
Zev Kaufman, DDS responded:
Dear Sabine48:

The problem IS NOT with the X-rays, but it is with your level of trust of the dentist. Doing and redoing work without a proper diagnosis is the problem. Before doing anything, the source of the abscess has to be determined.

X-rays are necessary in order to arrive at a proper diagnosis. The level of radiation is incredibly minor and should not be a major concern, unless you were exposed to severe doses in the past (cancer therapy, etc.).

If your dentist is just re-doing root canals without knowing the source of the abscess, the X-rays are not the problem.

Go to an Endodontist (a root canal specialist) and get a diagnosis and a source for the infection BEFORE anything else is done.

Best of luck,
Dr. Zev Kaufman
sabine48 replied to Zev Kaufman, DDS's response:
Thank you very much for your time with my concerns. I wish I had gone to one. I do not think the recent root canal was the source of my problem. The 'bump' is still between the two upper back teeth and the dentist now thinks it might be the second to the last one that is causing the problem. You are correct, I do think I need to ask more questions. I did speak up and ask about the xrays and they pretty much told me what you explained here. Thank you. Yes, I suppose I do need to 'calm down' but I felt my concerns were legitimate. I am only sorry that I did not get answers sooner and from my dentist. Thank you. Your input has been most helpful.
Zev Kaufman, DDS replied to sabine48's response:
Glad to help.

Take control of your treatment. You need to understand everything.

Best of luck,
Dr. Zev Kaufman

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