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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Cavity (Definition)

Basically a cavity is a hole, or defect in the tooth structure. It is created by the demineralization and breakdown of tooth structure from the acid attack of ...Read more


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How will it feel to have my cavity drilled without novocaine? I used to do it without any drugs.

How will it feel to have my cavity drilled without novocaine? I used to do it without any drugs.

Depends: Some smaller areas of decay can be removed without local anesthesia. There are a number of dentists who are using lasers to remove decay and are able to treat some decayed teeth comfortably without administering local anesthesia. Some describe the removal of decay with a laser as a much more comfortable procedure than the traditional drill. Deep areas of decay would likely require anesthesia. ...Read more

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I have two cavitys, it's very painful. I just had my tonsils removed 11 days ago, can I go to the dentist with out hurting my wounds?

I have two cavitys, it's very painful. I just had my tonsils removed 11 days ago, can I go to the dentist with out hurting my wounds?

Probably: Make an appointment right away. If the cavites are deep and you need a root canal they might need to medicate you for a couple days before starting treatment anyway. Cavities

dentist also have "rubber dam" material where they poke a hole in it for your tooth just like a surgeon would to work on body part. This would limit water and bacteria going down your throat. ...Read more

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Rt ear has gone numb - past 2 days. No dizziness, no h/o of trauma, no ear discharge, no pain, ear cavity clean, on post angioplasty drugs, please help?

Rt ear has gone numb - past 2 days. No dizziness, no h/o of trauma, no ear discharge, no pain, ear cavity clean, on post angioplasty drugs, please help?

CN 7, 9, 10: The sensory innervation of the pinna (or ear) is complex: cranial nerves 7, 9, 10 play a part. Given your otherwise neurological "intactness" except this pinnal numbness, my question is: have you recently 'cracked' your neck, had chiropractic manipulation, what was angioplastied? Arterial dissection is the concern. The simplest explanation is focal compressing ear too long during sleep... ...Read more

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How many cavities has the average u.S. 8 year old had?

How many cavities has the average u.S. 8 year old had?

Hard to say: In my clinic I see a lot of medicaid children with decay, but there is no reason why an 8yr old should have no decay. In my office I would says 4-6, but not sure about the national average. I think it should be less than that maybe closer to 2. ...Read more

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What causes cavities?

What causes cavities?

Bacteria: Simply, bacteria in our mouths metablolize the carbohydrates that we eat (simple sugars are their favorites) and produce acid as a result of their activity. The acid dissolves the enamel, causing the decay. Eating the right foods, and brushing/flossing right afterwards, helps break the cycle. Go brush now! ...Read more

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What causes cavities?

What causes cavities?

Diet and Bacteria: Sugar and carbohydrates are used for fuel by bacteria in your mouth. A by-product they produce is acid. The acid dissolves the mineral of your tooth. They can be prevented by having a good diet, cleaning your teeth immaculately and seeing your dentist for cleanings at least twice a year.
There are other important dental problems beyond cavities, so see a great dentist to have it all assessed. ...Read more

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How can one get a cavity?

How can one get a cavity?

Diet/Hygiene: Dental cavities are caused by acid that is produced by the bacteria in our mouths.
The carbohydrate in our diet (especially the liquid sugars) are metabolized by the bacteria in dental plaque into organic acids.
If the plaque is allowed to remain on the tooth, the acid creates a hole in the tooth we call a cavity.
Reduce dietary carbohydrate, remove plaque and use a Fluoride toothpaste. ...Read more

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Where can a cavity spread to?

Where can a cavity spread to?

Lot's of bad places: I assume you mean a dental cavity. This can cause an abscess if untreated and can spread to your sinuses and even your brain (upper jaw) or all the way down to your heart (lower jaw). Lest we forget, tutankhamun, the boy-king of egypt ("king tut") was thought to have died of a brain abscess from a cavity. Go see your dentist! ...Read more

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Why do I get so many cavities?

Cavities: You need to brush and FLOSS properly and regularly. And you need to severly decrease or eliminate sticky, sugary junk foods and soda pop from your diet.
If you are not doing these things you will get cavities.
Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist. ...Read more

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Does it hurt getting a cavity?

Does it hurt getting a cavity?

Not at first: A tooth has to be badly infected to hurt. At first there is no sensation at all. It does not hurt to have the tooth fixed because the dentist will first numb the tooth before fixing it. ...Read more

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Can any foods reverse cavities?

Can any foods reverse cavities?

Decay: Tooth decay involves the breakdown of the enamel matrix subsequent to contact with acid. Only the most superficial of lesions can be reversed using a variety of remineralizing pastes. Good, healthy eating habits can help prevent decay together with regular brushing and flossing. You'll need a dentist to restore a cavity since you cannot eat your way out of it. ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure cavities?

Is there a way to cure cavities?

Yup: A cavity (dental caries) can be treated by a local dentist. Make the call.... ...Read more

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Does having a cavity filled hurt?

Does having a cavity filled hurt?

Simple: Yes and No!: Once a cavity (carious lesion) is diagnosed, the decay will need to be removed and a restoration placed. Typically most cavities are anesthetized and no sensitivity is noted by the patient, just vibration from the handpiece. Larger restorations with infection or cracks can have sensitivity but usually manageable. Be sure to tell dentist if pain so dentist and team can manage discomfort. ...Read more

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Can getting a cavity filled hurt?

Can getting a cavity filled hurt?

NO: Discuss your concern with your dentist prior to the procedure. Most patients request or require local anesthesia to "numb" the tooth so absolutely nothing is felt for the entire procedure. You have other options as well. Ask your dentist what is right for you and the specific procedure planned. ...Read more

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Can it hurt to get cavities filled?

No: Your dentist will give you an injection of a novocain (procaine) anesthetic type product that will cause the area to be numb, you will feel nothing. ...Read more

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How do I stop from getting cavities?

Brush and floss: Routine home care such as brushing and flossing are the main things. You could also add a flouride containing mouthwash to help. Watch your diet as well. Any carbohydrate can be used by the bacteria in your mouth, not just "candy". ...Read more

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Could it hurt to get cavities filled?

Pain...: If a cavity is a bit deep, you dentist will recommend a small shot of anesthetic. The pin prick will hurt a bit... Lets face it, it's a sharp needle. But that should be about it, for a couple of seconds. Many of my patients have their cavities filled without an anesthetic... And they don't complain about any pain. It's the nature of the procedure. ...Read more

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Would getting my cavities filled hurt?

Would getting my cavities filled hurt?

No: The teeth can be anesthetized (made numb) with a local anesthetic so you won't feel a thing. For some patients, using sweet air is sufficient. ...Read more

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Any recommendations to treat cavities?

Any recommendations to treat cavities?

One step at a time..: Find a dentist who comes highly recommend by friends, family co-workers or other health care professionals. Set up an appointment for an exam and consultation. Ask all the questions that would help you have confidence and trust in your dentist and enable you get all your needed dental treatment completed. It's a lot easier and more comfortable nowadays than you would imagine. ...Read more

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How long does a cavity procedure last?

How long does a cavity procedure last?

Cavity procedure: Depends on the tooth, the size of the cavity, the material used to restore the tooth, whether the mouth is large or small, whether the patient is a gagger.
In most cases, 20-40 minutes. ...Read more

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How can I treat long-standing cavities?

Cavities: Damage from cavities can not be reversed. If bad enough, a dentist will drill the cavity out and then place a crown over the tooth. If the cavity is not far along, it cannot be reversed but it can be kept from getting worse. Regular brushing and flossing along with a flouride rinse can help keep the teeth strong and prevent cavities from progressing. ...Read more

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Can small cavities disappear over time?

They continue: Demineralization can be reversed and the tooth structure regain its remineralized surface. But once a cavity develops, and creates a "cavititation" into the tooth if will not reverse, it will only continue to grow larger until it penetrates into the deepest part of the tooth, creating pain, and infection. Preventing decay is always the best thing to do. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have a cavity?

Let us review your q: The best way to evaluate for a cavity is to see a dentist regularly. Xrays of your teeth are taken once a year. If they are small you may not have any signs or symptoms. The larger ones increase your risk of tooth abcess. ...Read more

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Could I do good getting a cavity filled?

But of course: If you don't then the tooth will continue to decay and you will need more extensive treatment, such as root canal therapy and a crown. ...Read more

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Is getting a cavity filled very painful?

That depends...: Modern dentistry has numerous methods of effective pain control. Give us a try? ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more