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How do you tell if you have cavities without going to a dentist?

How do you tell if you have cavities without going to a dentist?

Simple answer: Typically cavities are not going to be able to be detected without going to a dentist. Most cavities are asymtomatic and won't cause pain until they get large. Brown staining on your teeth may be an indication of a cavity but it's not always the case. Even your dentist would need x-rays to see cavities between the teeth, they aren't seen with the naked eye. ...Read more

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How can you tell if u have a cavity without going to the dentist?

How can you tell if u have a cavity without going to the dentist?

So many variables: Cavity diagnosis without the help of a dentist is like making any other medical diagnosis without the help of a doctor. See your dentist. ...Read more

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I'm starting to get a cavity someone please help! Can't afford a dentist?

I'm starting to get a cavity someone please help! Can't afford a dentist?

Cavity: See if you are near a dental school- you can usually make payments. Some emergency rooms have a dental resident that can deal with tooth problems. ...Read more

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Possible reasons why didn't the dentist fill my cavity but instead "put a watch" on it?

Possible reasons why didn't the dentist fill my cavity but instead "put a watch" on it?

Not sure?: If a tooth has a "cavity", ie, tooth decay, then the decay needs to be removed and a filling placed. There are instances when the top layer of the tooth; the enamel has begun to demineralize, which is the first stage of a future cavity. As long as it is in the surface enamel, it has a chance with proper care and Fluoride to remineralize and not become a cavity. You don't "watch" a cavity get worse. ...Read more

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Can any dentist explain if we normally get cavities in the hole where the crown is going?

Can any dentist explain if we normally get cavities in the hole where the crown is going?

No: A well fitted crown surrounds the remaining tooth structure and protects it. If you brush well and especially floss daily you reduce your risk of recurrent decay. Follow your Dentist's advice. ...Read more

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Why didn't the dentist fill my cavity but instead "put a watch" on it? What does that mean?

Why didn't the dentist fill my cavity but instead "put a watch" on it? What does that mean?

A "watch" on tooth: Sometimes the beginning of decay on a tooth or the breakdown of integrity of an existing filling is so small that the dentist decides the placement (or replacing) of a filling need not be done at that time. Instead the dentist decides to observe it over time and restore the tooth if the condition worsens. It's a judgement call. ...Read more

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I have a cavity and I can't get into my dentist for a month. Will it get worse over the course of a month?

Somewhat: Dental caries progress slowly, so one month should really not make a difference in the outcome... meaning a small cavity will still be a small cavity. Wait a year, and a small cavity can become a large cavity. ...Read more

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All of a sudden I switched dentists and he says I have 6 cavities, whereas my previous dentist said I had none. What's going on?

Get another opinion: Have the dentist explain what he saw to you and if you are uncomfortable with his findings, see another dentist to have them evaluate it. ...Read more

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I'm going to the dentist tomorrow to get my first cavity fixed. What options will the dentist give me and what should I tell him to do?

Options: Options- local anesthetic with or without sweet air (if available) or nothing? ; amalgam or tooth colored composite? (i prefer composites); pay by credit card, check or cash? ; have him discuss these options with you and ask what he would do in his own mouth. It's really very simple and easy. ...Read more

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I have a cavity and can't get into see any dentist I call for 2 weeks. What should I do?

Pain?: If you are in pain call an Endodontist. I'm sure they can see you expeditiously. If no pain either wait the two weeks or, better, keep calling. Someone may have an opening in their schedule. ...Read more

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My son is scared to go to the dentist to get a cavity filled because of the novacaine shot. Is there another way?

My son is scared to go to the dentist to get a cavity filled because of the novacaine shot. Is there another way?

Absolutely: The filling may be so small that a novocaine injection is not needed. In addition, most offices offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which will allow the dentist to perform the procedure with no anxiety on your son's part. As a very, very, last resort, sedation can be used. A pediatric dentist may be better for him if he is really that apprehensive. ...Read more

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I have some cavities but my dentist was booked and I couldn't get in for over a month. I've had a toothache the whole time. Are they getting worse?

I have some cavities but my dentist was booked and I couldn't get in for over a month. I've had a toothache the whole time. Are they getting worse?

Of course: A toothache caused by cavities can cause a lot of pain or discomfort. Until you are able to see your dentist to have the tooth treated take NSAID or Tylenol (acetaminophen) OTC. The longer you wait for the treatment, the deeper the cavity will progress. ...Read more

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Dentist said cavity near nerve. A lot of pain. She wants the pain to calm down before doing anything. Don't know what to do. Should I get it extracted?

Dentist said cavity near nerve. A lot of pain. She wants the pain to calm down before doing anything. Don't know what to do. Should I get it extracted?

Pain: Cannot advise you as too not have access to clinical findings, x-rays, etc. Did Dentist remove decay? Did she place a sedative dressing which may take a day or two to start to work. Was root canal treatment discussed? If you still have pain call your Dentist or seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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My dentist filled a cavity a week ago. I can't drink anything cold or eat anything hot without wincing in pain. He says it could take weeks or mnormal?

My dentist filled a cavity a week ago. I can't drink anything cold or eat anything hot without wincing in pain. He says it could take weeks or mnormal?

Pain after filling: This could be caused by a number of issues. Was it a deep cavity? Are you biting high on the filling? Was the nerve exposed? Does it hurt without any temperature change? There is no simple answer. It could resolve in a week or two. It may not? If the pain continues to get worse or if you have any swelling see your dentist right away. If it is getting better give it more time. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I need to go to a dentist for cavities and root canals?

Yes: If you want to have your cavities taken care of and root canal treatment performed, a trained dentist with a degree from a dental school or university would be the person best qualified to provide treatment. ...Read more

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Is it ok for a four year old to chew gum while having cavities that are not filled? My four year old has obvious cavities and I want to know if it is ok for her to chew gum? She hasn't been to the dentist yet and I am concerned that the gum is going to ma

Is it ok for a four year old to chew gum while having cavities that are not filled? My four year old has obvious cavities and I want to know if it is ok for her to chew gum? She hasn't been to the dentist yet and I am concerned that the gum is going to ma

See dentist now: Take your child to a dentist to get these teeth fixed. Your child may have more pain than you realize because of the decay. If she has always had pain or sensitivity when she eats she thinks this is normal and doesn't know her teeth should not hurt when she eats. Please take her to a pediatric dentist. ...Read more

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Why is my dentist ignoring my cavities?

Why is my dentist ignoring my cavities?

Have you asked?: Did you ask your dentist? Does the answer make sense to you? What was the answer? Are they cavities or just stained pits and fissures? Do you trust your dentist? Do you feel that you need to go to another dentist for a second opinion? These are just some questions that come to mind. ...Read more

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How can the dentist fix baby cavities?

How can the dentist fix baby cavities?

Same: Pretty much the same way filings are done for adults. The tooth is numbed up, the decay is removed, and a filling is placed. Note that there is no scientific evidence that silver fillings do any harm. Go with your dentist's advice as to filling material. Also, talk to dentist about preventing cavities (sealants, fluoride, brushing 2 full minutes 2x/day, cleaning between teeth, etc.). ...Read more

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How would a dentist fix a small cavity?

Depends: The location and size of the cavity may determine how and if the cavity is filled. Dentists have used a number of techniques in treating small cavities, from sealants, and a number of different restorative materials. In the past, the old drill and fill was the primary technique used. With the advent of newer technology, some offices are using lasers to remove the decay with less discomfort. ...Read more

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How would a dentist file a small cavity?

Depends: The location and size of the cavity may determine how and if the cavity is filled. Dentists have used a number of techniques in treating small cavities, from sealants, and a number of different restorative materials. In the past, the old drill and fill was the primary technique used. With the advent of newer technology, some offices are using lasers to remove the decay with less discomfort. ...Read more

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How do dentists treat a superficial cavity?

How do dentists treat a superficial cavity?

Depending: On how superficial the cavity is it can be treated with a filling or in some case air abrasion and a sealant
a prr which is a hybrid between a filling and a sealant is done in some cases.
Ultimately the treatment will be determined by the treating dentist. ...Read more

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When must onego to the dentist for a cavity?

When must onego to the dentist for a cavity?

As soon as possible: A cavity is bacteria that has gotten into a weakened part of enamel. Under the enamel is a softer layer of tooth called dentin. Once a cavity gets into the dentin it progresses very fast. If a cavity doesn't get taken care of, it will just get deeper and larger until it reaches the nerve and will cause the tooth to die, cause pain and swelling. Fixing it will then require a root canal or extrac. ...Read more

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How would a dentist fill in a very small cavity?

Depends: The location and size of the cavity may determine how and if the cavity is filled. Dentists have used a number of techniques in treating small cavities, from sealants, and a number of different restorative materials. In the past, the old drill and fill was the primary technique used. With the advent of newer technology, some offices are using lasers to remove the decay with less discomfort. ...Read more

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How long does it take a dentist to fill a cavity?

How long does it take a dentist to fill a cavity?

Complexity: First the dentist has to remove all of the damaged parts of the tooth, then choose the appropriate restorative material and place it. The bigger and more complex the cavity, the longer it will take to do the work. "fillings" are not a commodity like a can of soup. It's a service. Every filling has its own challenges. So your filling will not be exactly ike the one uncle joe got. ...Read more

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Know I have a cavity, what is the dentist gonna do?

Examine the tooth: Determine what it needs, discuss your options, explain the fees and the procedure, and then perform the procedure, whatever that might be. Can't tell what your tooth needs, sight unseen. ...Read more

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Dentist said I have a cavity, how will they fill it?

Depends: It would depend where in the mouth the cavity is located. Decay will be removed with a tiny drill or laser. White (composite) filling material or amalgam (silver) will be placed in the excavated area. If the cavity is larger or fractures are present, the tooth may require a bonded porcelain restoration or crown. Has the dentist told you what type of restoration you will have? ...Read more

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How many cavities willa dentist fill in 1 appointment?

Depends: You and your dentist should discuss this.
If it is your first filling as a child you might only want to do one. If you have a lot of cavities mutliple teeth can be filled. If you have difficulty staying open, ask for a bite block so your jaw will not be sore later if more than one cavity is being filled. ...Read more

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I am scared of the dentist but I cavities. What do I do?

Find a: Compassionate, highly recommended dentist. Ask neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers and especially other health care professionals that you trust. Nowadays it's easy to convert fearful or phobic individuals into happy, satisfied and appreciative patients. We explain want we are going to do, start on something easy and prove how easy it really is once you trust us. Iv sedation as last resort. ...Read more

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Is it possible to take care of cavities without a dentist?

Is it possible to take care of cavities without a dentist?

No: Don't try it. You need to se a licensed dentist to take care of your dental needs. Anything else you might cause more damage to your tooth. ...Read more