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Posted by Denise on November 20, 2000 at 14:57:27:

My son recently chipped two of his teeth in a basketball game. He is away from home and I could not oversee the situation. A dentist looked at his teeth and said he could file them off. My son son complained that one of the teeth was sensitive to hot and cold. Neither chip is big, but the tooth that is sensitive is a small tooth, so even though the chip is small, it is a chunk of that tooth. He had further chipping in the week that followed, from the same tooth. I consulted a dentist's office where I am and was told by the dental assistant that the first thing that should always be done is an x-ray to ascertain the extent of the damage. Is this correct? Can the dentist know without doubt that the chip is not a threat to the health of the tooth without an x-ray?

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