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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
Unlikely: It is highly unlikely that it would harm you. It will typically pass without incident. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
No but: It may damage other parts of your body especially when taken in excess. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, please do.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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?
What do you suggest if I have a very tiny cavity on my teeth. Is fillings is the only option to remove cavity. Are there any alternative way to treat cavity?
Restoration: Once the decay becomes evident, a restoration is needed. The longer you wait the larger the restoration will be. Tend to it soon. ...Read more
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? .
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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