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Can A Tooth Decay Under A Crown
The crown of a tooth is that part of the tooth on top of the root. The crown of the tooth is the part that is visible in the mouth. A crown restoration is a procedure that restores the crown of a tooth that is damaged by fracture or extensive decay by cementing a replica of the crown over a prepared tooth, and is one of the most common ...Read more
It All Depends: All other answers are valid. However, I'd like to add that if the temp crown was recently placed while you're waiting for a permanent crown, the black coloration can be from bacteria getting through the temp crown. It's a result of not having a good seal with the temp crown and usually not a cavity. You commonly see this if the temp crown has been in place for some time where the seal is bad. ...Read more
Can I see an endodontist for a consult (vs. Periodontist) if a fistula is a result of tooth decay at/ inside the margin of a permanent crown?
See an Endodontist: Diagnosis can be challenging. Endodontists are trained to differentiate and treat complicate cases. ...Read more
48 hrs ago had temp crowns for front teeth due to tooth decay under old ones and replace a rod. Now fever and ear pain with temp crowns on. Advice?
Bacteria destruction: Decay is usually caused due to plaque build up on or between your teeth, then the bacteria metabolize the sugars you eat and their byproduct is acid which eats into the outer layer of the enamel. After enough destruction the process enters the softer dentine below the enamel. Now you have a cavity. ...Read more
Not really: No I don't think it is. But the bad habits that cause tooth decay are passed on through families. I have heard patients say that bad teeth run in their family, but I don't agree with that. If you brush 2-3 times a day, floss once a day, rinse once a day, see the dentist every 6 months, you will go a long way toward breaking this family tradition. ...Read more
Once the tooth gets decay, it is progressive except in incipient decay.
Prevention is the best thing when it comes to decay and gum disease.
Good home care routine, brushing, flossing, using a Fluoride rinse.
Visiting your dentist every 6months.
Eating healthy and fibrous foods. Avoiding processed food with sugar and carbs. ...Read more
Do's & Don'ts...: Bacteria causes decay. If you can manage it, you can dramatically reduce or eliminate decay. So: 1. Don't feed the bacteria between meals (carbs and especially sugars in snacks do this so eliminate these from snacks). 2. Stay healthy (exercise, nutrition, hydration). 3. See your dentist regularly (at least twice annually). 4. Meticulously & gently clean your mouth (brush & floss every day). ...Read more
Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria use carbohydrates (sugars) to produce acids which breakdown the surface of the tooth. This breakdown is tooth decay. Keep in mind, it is not how much sweet things you eat but how often you eat them that affect tooth decay. ...Read more
Follow One Rule: Never put a child to bed at nap-time or night-time with a bottle containing anything other then plain water. If they are getting enough nutrition during the day while they are awake they don't need anything extra at nap-time and night-time. If decay has already started and it is mild you may be able to controll it with precription Fluoride products. If severe it requires restoration. ...Read more
Deep Decay: It depends on how deep the decay is. If it has gotten to the nerve of the tooth the first step would be a root canal, then the tooth has to be restored. If the nerve has not been effected then it depends on what volume of the tooth is decayed, more than 55% then it will probably need a crown. ...Read more
Not a DIY project: I'm afraid there's nothing for sale on the dental isle in the supermarket that will remove infected tooth material (decay). You'll have to see a Dentist for that professional service. The longer you put it off, the more the infection will spread, so please call your Dentist now. ...Read more
It's all connected:): This may seem obvious, but your mouth is connected to the rest of you. Research continues to point out how oral conditions affect the whole body & systemic conditions affect the mouth. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, many different cancers, and healthy birth outcomes are all tied to a healthy mouth. Oral infection (or lack thereof) affects you from head to toe. Floss & see your dentist ;-). ...Read more
Absolutely: There are a whole host of medical problems that can arise from allowing dental issues to go untreated. Everything from an increased risk of heart disease, difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, and of course the possibility of infection. Don't let dental problems go untreated! ...Read more
See a dentist: If you have bad decay, be sure you are staying away from sodas and foods that will contribute, brush after meals, and see a dentist to stop the progression. A dentist can remove the decay and place fluoridated materials to prevent it from going further. But avoiding the dentist and allowing it to progress will cause pain, tooth loss and more expensive care. ...Read more
No: No, the color can vary. Could bye chalky white, yellow, orange, brown or black. ...Read more
Food: Your attention to your hygiene is as important to your dental health as what you eat.. ...Read more
Destruction: Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that your dentist can recommend. ...Read more
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