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How to detect microchips in dental fillings

Updated July 20, 2017

If you suspect that someone has implanted a microchip in one of your dental fillings, a dental X-ray might confirm or invalidate your suspicions. Dental X-rays work the same way as regular X-rays, providing a fully detailed picture of the inside of your mouth. While soft tissues such as your skin or your tongue do not show up on a dental X-ray, a metallic implant such as a microchip would appear in full detail.

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  1. Locate a dentist in your area and call him to ask if he has the equipment to take dental X-rays.

  2. Ask your dentist for an intraoral X-ray of your full mouth. Intraoral X-rays, as opposed to extraoral X-rays, focus on the teeth rather than the jaw.

  3. Ask your dentist for a copy of your X-rays after the examination. Any implanted microchip in a tooth filling will show up on the X-ray.

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About the Author

John Grossman has worked as a journalist and copy editor for various publications since 1985. In the 1980s, he was in charge of the entertainment section of the "Austin Chronicle" newspaper and has, since then, worked for other publications, including golf and fitness magazines. Grossman holds a Master of Journalism from the University of Texas.

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