Having just discovered that a tiny fragment from one of my fillings was missing, I registered with a dentist and went for an initial dental check-up. It included X-rays.
I bit down on a piece of plastic while an X-ray imaging machine was placed against my cheek. I knew that I would have to lie still – although the dentist did not mention anything – so that the resulting image would not be blurry.
As the dentist and his assistant stepped out of the room while the X-ray was taken, the squeaky floor moved. When the dentist returned I drew his attention to this fact and his only answer was that “Ah, another patient told me the same thing…”
Next, the machine was placed against my other cheek. Again, the dentist and this assistant hurried to leave the room. This time the floor trembled so hard that the X-ray head moved up and down while the image was taken. I did not say anything this time.
The whole exam lasted less than 10 minutes and I felt like it was all done in a rush to get me in-and-out as quickly as possible.
I have not seen the X-ray images, but I am sure they are blurry.
The question is: would you return for a filling? or would you look for another dentist?
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Thank you for posting your question about blurry xrays. I am sorry that you have experienced these issues at your recent visit to your dentist. What may be helpful to help you make a decision on whether to return for a filling with the same dentist or not is to perhaps ask to speak to the Practice Manager to discuss your concerns and perhaps ask for a copy of the clinical notes and radiographs (x-rays) that were taken (including a report on the quality of the radiograph images and the results of these radiographs too). Once you have had an opportunity to discuss your concerns, I feel that you will be better informed as to whether you wish to continue with dental treatment at that practice or to look for a new dentist. Ultimately, the patient-dentist relationship is built on trust and you have to feel that there is that level of trust in your dentist prior to any treatment/s being carried out.
Should you decide to move to a new dentist, you would be able to then take the radiographs (which may or may not be blurry) with you and ask the new dentist for an independent opinion on whether the radiographs are blurry or not. If they are blurry they may give a dentist limited information and/or may be undiagnostic.
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