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      Default Do curved roots show on x-rays?

      I'm asking this on behalf of someone else. In the case of an upper molar (second from the back) - if there was a problem with a curved root which would be likely to make the extraction difficult, would this normally have been apparent from the x-ray - the tooth had previously had what was probably a botched root canal?
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      Default Re: Do curved roots show on x-rays?

      As xrays are two dimensional, there's only so much you can see with a three dimensional object. Add in the overlapping areas of bone and roots along with angulation of the xray beam, and you can get a mishmash of an image. If the roots curve left or right then you can see the curve, but that doesn't mean that they aren't curved into or out of the image in reality.

      It's a bit hard to describe, but I've seen roots that have wicked curves that just aren't that apparent on the xrays. There can be little hooks on the end of roots that just don't show up on the views. If the dentist is experienced with extractions, it doesn't really matter too much as they will get it all out. Sometimes it just takes a little more time and effort in certain cases. You should see some of the doozies I've taken out. There can be these very fine, tiny hooks on the ends of roots which can separate, and you end up trying to fish them out while the socket is filling up with fluid. It can be quite challenging!
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      Default Re: Do curved roots show on x-rays?

      Thanks ZZZ
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      Default Re: Do curved roots show on x-rays?

      Here's an analogy... imagine a person's shadow being projected onto a bedsheet. If they are standing facing you with their arms and legs outstretched at the sides, you will see everything fairly clearly. But if they turn to the side while keeping their arms and legs in the same position, all you see will be their body form with their arms and legs masked since they are overlapped. Their hands could be outstretched, curved or on their hips, and you wouldn't be able to tell.
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      Default Re: Do curved roots show on x-rays?

      Thanks - that makes a lot of sense.
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