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How Can You Tell If A Tooth Is Rotted
See your dentist: Temperature sensitivity (cold) is often the easiest test to determine the vitality of a tooth. But for a person to do on there own may be difficult and lead to false interpretation as the cold may overlap onto adjacent teeth thereby making your own diagnosis difficult. Let your dentist evaluate your teeth, or go to university of iowa dental school. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shape Size Location: Baby teeth are smaller and have much shorter roots (only seen on a x-ray). Age of the person can help determine as well. The front 4 top&bottom come out between 6-8, the back 6 top&bottom (canines+4molars) come out between 10-12 give or take on each. Baby teeth total 20. See your provider if concerns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thorough diganosis: Some cracks are large and easily diagnosed, however the majority are small ones that are undetectable on xray. Patients with cracked teeth complain of pain when biting. Some can only be diagnosed by eliminating other causes. In most cases, you can diagnose a partial crack in a tooth by having you bite on instruments that put pressure on different parts of the tooth to elicit pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Same as adult: Carefully and painlessly. Depending on the age of the child, you may want to consider a pediatric dental specialist. ...Read more
See your dentist: At first, the tooth will likely be sensitive to chewing and biting, as well as to heat and cold. You also may develop a fever, swollen lymph nodes in your jaw or neck, or swelling on your face. The only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. See your dentist for exam, x-rays and treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different ways: There are several different tests we can do to help ascertain a crack in the tooth. ...Read more
X-ray: A tooth that has already had a root canal can re-abscess and fail. If the tooth never had the root canal to remove necrotic tissue, an abscess can happen because the bacteria is still present withing the canal. A root canal removes the tissue and the canal is sterilized and sealed to prevent further infection. Swelling, a gum boil above the tooth or an x-ray are all verification of an abscess. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some thoughts..: Primary teeth are usually a bit smaller than secondary teeth, and primary teeth are usually all lost by 15 years old, but not always. Fact is, regardless if it is adult or baby, it needs to be evaluated by a dentist. The dentist will tell you for sure what type of tooth it is and what can be done for it. Guessing is not a good option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You can tell because baby teeth look different than adult teeth. They are usually smaller versions of the adult tooth. If you still are not sure, visit your dentist and he or she can tell by looking at it or taking an xray. There you can also find out what happened to the adult tooth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
White spots: One of the first signs of weakening of enamel occurs a white spot lesions as in the post picture. This is sign of enamel demineralization usually related to poor brushing habits, frequent snacking and drinking acidic, sugary drinks such as soda. Eventually the enamel breaks down and you then see cavitations or holes which is a cavity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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