What is the difference between full mouth xrays and full mouth series? My current dentist said my previous dentist never sent my FMX. Upon inquiry, the previous dentist said I never had full mouth series but did have full mouth xrays which she already had forwarded to my current dentist. also what is the difference between FMX and panaromic xrays? I already had bite wings and intraoral-periapical as well as panaromic, so it seems to me this is an overkill.
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 71
Hi, I am here to help you,
Full mouth X-rays and full mouth series is the same
They consists in 3 X-rays of the upper front teeth, 3 of the lower front teeth, and on the back: 2 upper right, 2 upper left, 2 lower right , 2 lower left and 4 bitewing X-rays (2 of each side)
This X-rays can be used to diagnose decay, bone problems, root pathologies, masses or cysts, etc
A panoramic film can give overall information about teeth, including wisdom teeth, missing or extra teeth, but they are not good at assessing periodontal bone loss of decay
If the dentist is looking to see the bone that surrounds the tooth, then, a full mouth series is indicated
I hope this helps!
Dr Mariana Levy
Yes I think so. But the current dentist said it was standard procedure in that office and not because she suspected there may be problems. Every new patient in that office hasd to have a FMX.
That is the recommendation of the American Dental Association… she just does not want to miss any problems...
You can tell her that you refuse, if you want, understanding that she might miss some pathology
I see. Ok thanks very much and I accept your answer. :)
You are welcome!
Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist since 1990