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Can you cure a dental cavity without filling it?

Can you cure a dental cavity without filling it?

Dental cavities: Once you vave the cavities there is no alternative medicine two cure the cavities. There is no doubt that all the preventive measures, cutting sugars and carbs, brushing and flossing and fruoride treatment will prevent the formation of the cavities. But once you have real cavities these need to be filled. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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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Could swallowing parts of a dental cavity filling harm you?

Could swallowing parts of a dental cavity filling harm you?

Unlikely: It is highly unlikely that it would harm you. It will typically pass without incident. ...Read more

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How effective is a dental filling for treating a cavity?

How effective is a dental filling for treating a cavity?

Depends: The answer depends on the size of the cavity, the depth of the cavity and the potential for additional restorations on the same tooth. Many times, the better option is an inlay, onlay, crown, root canal or extraction and placement of an implant. See you Dentist, he/she will give you the options that best fit your particular situation. Brush-brush-brush-floss! ...Read more

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Other than fillings, is there any way to reverse damage from dental cavities?

Other than fillings, is there any way to reverse damage from dental cavities?

Probably not: Once dental decay breaks down tooth structure it is considered irreversible. It is necessary to restore the tooth to its normal shape and size with a filling. Otherwise the cavitation or hole will become a food trap and will increase in size. ...Read more

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Can hydrogen peroxide break down or damage cavity fillings or dental cement?

Can hydrogen peroxide break down or damage cavity fillings or dental cement?

No.: Hydrogen peroxide has not been shown to cause any damage to fillings, or dental cement. It has, however, when used as a mouth rinse, been linked to tissue damage and pre-cancerous changes in the epithelium. I would urge you not to use hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse. Proper brushing and flossing will clean your teeth without the use of any rinse. ...Read more

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Does dental bonding work for filling in cavities? I've read that you can have a dental bonding procedure performed to fill in cavities. Is this true? Are there any advantages to it over regular fillings? .

Does dental bonding work for filling in cavities? I've read that you can have a dental bonding procedure performed to fill in cavities. Is this true? Are there any advantages to it over regular fillings? .

I: I assume that you are referring to amalgam or silver fillings as "regular fillings", and "dental bonding" as bonded composite fillings. Either one replaces the lost tooth structure destroyed by cavities. Amalgam fillings look unesthetic, conduct hot and cold more to the nerves of the teeth, and therefore often cause more sensitivity when drinking or eating very hot and cold liquids or food. Bonded composite fillings sometimes wear more than amalgam fillings, but look more esthetic, often appear "invisible" and actually bond to tooth structure, thereby making them stronger, rather than weaker once filled. Generally speaking, I would much prefer to have bonded composite fillings in my own mouth as there are many more advantages to them. You and other readers should be aware that they are usally more costly and many insurance companies will not pay for the additional cost on posterior (or back) teeth, which is unfortunate. ...Read more

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I thought I got a filling for a cavity. But it was just a dental sealant. What are sealants?

I thought I got a filling for a cavity. But it was just a dental sealant. What are sealants?

Dental sealants: They are flowable dental resins similar in composition to composite fillings. They seal the pits and fissures in teeth and are less invasive than fillings. Rather than drilling out tooth structure, the surface enamel is cleaned and etched (or minimally removed) prior to the application of the sealant. ...Read more

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Is there a way I can I reverse a cavity other than a filling or having the cavity infected tooth pulled? I have no dental insurance.

Is there a way I can I reverse a cavity other than a filling or having the cavity infected tooth pulled? I have no dental insurance.

Seek treatment soon: I would suggest seeing if you have any dental coverage through Obamacare. Otherwise, I would seek treatment at a dental school or hospital residency program, which are always looking for patients. Try to see a dentist soon before the infection gets worse. ...Read more

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Why is the dental abscess getting worse during treatment? I have a tooth with a large cavity. It had a filling in it, but the filling got loose and before I had a chance to have it fixed I got a dental abscess. The filling was removed so the tooth could dr

Why is the dental abscess getting worse during treatment? I have a tooth with a large cavity. It had a filling in it, but the filling got loose and before I had a chance to have it fixed I got a dental abscess. The filling was removed so the tooth could dr

Dr: Dr zweig gave you some good advice. Was the root canal started? You did not clarify in your post. The dead nerve tissue needs to be removed to help the antibiotics work.

It may be necessary to use a different antibiotic if you are not getting better. Call your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Will medicaid cover dental work (filling in cavities and wisdom teeth removal)?

Will medicaid cover dental work (filling in cavities and wisdom teeth removal)?

Location matters: Medicaid services are state services. With this said, every state is different. Most adult dentistry through medicaid is very minimal in its coverage. Call your provider to know the specifics for your particular needs. ...Read more

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Are silver fillings for dental cavities dangerous? I've heard that silver fillings contain mercury and can leech into the bloodstream. Is it true that they could be dangerous to my health? Should I have them replaced with composite? Do dentists still use

Are silver fillings for dental cavities dangerous? I've heard that silver fillings contain mercury and can leech into the bloodstream. Is it true that they could be dangerous to my health? Should I have them replaced with composite? Do dentists still use

No: Evidence based research has shown over and over that dental amalgam is safe and a very good restoration material with an excellent life span when maintained with a good oral hygiene regimen. Removal of good amalgam fillings is not indicated in my opinion. They do contain mercury, removal will send a good blast of mercury into your system, more than living with one already in place. ...Read more

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What can I do to keep from having to get a new filling in the same tooth every year? For the most part I have good dental hygiene, and rarely get cavities. But I do have one molar on the lower right side of my mouth that seems to have a new or expanded ca

What can I do to keep from having to get a new filling in the same tooth every year? For the most part I have good dental hygiene, and rarely get cavities. But I do have one molar on the lower right side of my mouth that seems to have a new or expanded ca

There: There is an issue with a restoration if it has to be replaced every year. I would recommend a crown. Once cemented it is done, the tooth is sealed and it is the strongest restoration for a tooth when a filling is not "working". ...Read more

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Is it normal to have mouth ulcer outbreak after a dental cleaning or cavity filling?

Is it normal to have mouth ulcer outbreak after a dental cleaning or cavity filling?

Not normal but...: Most people don't develope mouth sores following a dental appt. But it is possible.
The sore could be from the gloves rubbing against a spot in you mouth or if there were cotton rolls or gauze sponges place there while working in there. We all have the bacteria and viruses that can cause sores and sometimes just getting dental work awakens them or makes an "opening" for their entrance. ...Read more

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My teeth are so sensitive it hurts to eat. I have no fillings or known cavities. What do I do?

My teeth are so sensitive it hurts to eat. I have no fillings or known cavities. What do I do?

Clenching/grinding: Is it possible that you are grinding or clenching your teeth? This will often cause sensitivity.
I would also not use any tarter control or whitening toothpastes as they can make the sensitivity more pronounced. ...Read more

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I think I have a small cavity in one of my back teeth and it doesn't hurt its just a small black shaded area if I have a small filling will it hurt?

Painless: Fortunately, with Modern Dentistry, the filling treatment procedure, regardless molar or a front tooth, small or big is painless. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are teeth that have fillings in them more susceptible to cavities? It seems like my teeth that have fillings in them always end up with other cavities. Is that the way it always works? .

Are teeth that have fillings in them more susceptible to cavities? It seems like my teeth that have fillings in them always end up with other cavities. Is that the way it always works? .

Chehalis, Teeth: Chehalis,
teeth with fillings are more susceptible to cavities. The real key is to figure out why you got the original cavity and make the changes needed to prevent the next. Without this process you are doomed to repeat the past.
Hope this is helpful,
michael i. Wollock, dmd, agd fellow
dentistry at suburban square
610-649-0313. ...Read more

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Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your teeth?

Yes: Cavities have destroyed part of the tooth by definition. Fixing the cavity removes the bad part of the tooth and a little more to ensure you are touching "good" tooth. So you have a hole in the natural tooth that is filled or restored with different materials depending on how big the cavity was. ...Read more

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Silver fillings in teeth have been sensitive, does that mean cavities underneath?

Silver fillings in teeth have been sensitive, does that mean cavities underneath?

Possibly: It is possible, are they new silver fillings or old? If they are old it could be cavities, or it could be simply they are breaking down and need to be replaced. If they are new, that is common side effect as the metal slightly expands and contracts with hot and cold and typically will go away after 2-3 weeks, if it doesn't the dentist may need to replace them putting a liner/base underneath. ...Read more

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Do fillings for cavities transmit heat or cold and make your teeth sensitive to temperature?

Depends: Metal fillings transmit temperatures better than non-metal fillings. Also the deeper the cavity is, the more sensitive the tooth can become after treatment. ...Read more

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I have two bottom molar fillings, I had one upper extraction of a middle molar and have a cavity. How bad are my teeth? I'm only 21.

Change habits: Starting today you can change your habits and prevent decay. Steps you can take to achieve this are: reduce sugars in your diet, eliminate sodas, energy drinks, bottled ice tea, etc. Even diet one hurt teeth. Excellent hygiene, brush and floss. Regular dental exam and cleaning, . Xylitol gum or mints. Fluoride rinse every night. These should help you. ...Read more

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I'm embarrass to go to the dentist because I have two big cavities in front on my teeth what will the dr do can I get a filling?

Stop and Think: What is more embarrassing? Showing the dentist your situation, or keep showing your friends your bad smile situation. Remember that the dentist can help your appearance in front of your friends - so get the treatment to not be embarrassed in front of your friends that you see daily. ...Read more

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I had 2 cavity fillings, had a minor tooth decay. Now I'm seeing decay in another 2 teeth. Why is it happening so fast and at so small age.

I had 2 cavity fillings, had a minor tooth decay. Now I'm seeing decay in another 2 teeth. Why is it happening so fast and at so small age.

Rampant Decay: High sugar consumption in the form of simple sugars, poor oral hygiene and significant quantities of soda or sweetened beverages or citric acid are common causes of the disease. Good home care, limiting sugars in the diet, sweet sodas, adding fluoride and aggressive dental treatment is the secret of success. ...Read more

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Child 11 y.o. was referred for root canals work on 2 permanent teeth with cavities, & than the filling done. Is that safe for kid? Any other options?

Child 11 y.o. was referred for root canals work on 2 permanent teeth with cavities, & than the filling done. Is that safe for kid? Any other options?

No: It sounds like his teeth need major restoration. The dentist will help with pain and anxiety management. Be sure he practices good hygiene to avoid this again. All the best, he will be safe. ...Read more

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Childis 12 yrs w/2 cavities in front teeth. We oppose use of flouride. Denist says a composite filling w/small amount of flouride is the best way?

Childis 12 yrs w/2 cavities in front teeth. We oppose use of flouride. Denist says a composite filling w/small amount of flouride is the best way?

Yes: Absolutely correct response by your dentist. Much greater chance of subsequent decay recurrence, root canal treatment and expensive crown replacement dentistry with out Fluoride composite use. ...Read more

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Does filling cavities impact d jaw n jaw placement in anyway?? like when the teeth are cut and drilled and all. I had three of them..

Does filling cavities impact d jaw n jaw placement in anyway?? like when the teeth are cut and drilled and all. I had three of them..

It shouldn't: When your teeth are restored, your bite should be comfortable. If it isn't, please see your dentist for an adjustment. ...Read more

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Is a cavity in a baby tooth worth filling? My daughter is 8 and losing most of her baby teeth. She has a cavity in one that will probably fall out soon. Do I need to get this filled? I don't want to cause her any more pain than I have to..

Is a cavity in a baby tooth worth filling? My daughter is 8 and losing most of her baby teeth. She has a cavity in one that will probably fall out soon. Do I need to get this filled? I don't want to cause her any more pain than I have to..

Fill the tooth!: Some baby teeth are meant to stay in a child's mouth until about age 10 or 11. If the tooth you are referring to is one of those teeth, it is maintaining the space for that adult tooth. That is why it should be filled. In addition, in today's world of dental medicine, a filling should not cause any pain! See your dentist to determine when that tooth should be falling out. Than make your decision. ...Read more

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Separation of gums around left third and second molars with pain in very back gums where wisdom teeth would grow in. Pain started after cavity filling?

Separation of gums around left third and second molars with pain in very back gums where wisdom teeth would grow in. Pain started after cavity filling?

Wisdom teeth: Your wisdom teeth may get stuck in your jaw and not be able to break through your gums at your age (16). See your dentist for Panoramic x-ray and eval. ...Read more

Filling (Definition)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more