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How Can You Tell If U Have A Cavity Without Going To The Dentist
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't worry.: You won't need to give the dentist instructions on how to proceed. The dentist will evaluate you first and then present you with viable treatment options. Take care. ...Read more
Can you tell me if dentists want kids to get cavities so they would have a lot of fillings to do, thus making a lot of money?
You got it all wrong: Dentistry, as a profession, has tried just about everything to prevent decay in all patients, especially children . Fluoridation, specialized toothpastes ; mouthwashes, and public education all have brought down the incidence of decay over the last 50 years. There is more than enough dentistry to do on adults who ignore their health to keep every dentist busy for a very long time. Think about it. ...Read more
You can't: A cavity is a hole in a tooth caused by bacteria. To fix it requires removing the infected portion of the tooth and placing a restorative material. It's not a diy project. Your dentist spent 8 years learning how to do this with care and efficiency. Take advantage of his expertise now, or wait awhile and you probably will have to deal with a raging abscess. Your choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't brush my teeth enough I have cavities and now the inside of my tooth is black and wont go away how do I fix this without going to the dentist?
Hey i will be going to the dentist soon, but for right now is there anything i can put on my teeth cavity that has a hole to relieve the pain?
Temporary relief: While there are self-help temporary kits sold at most pharmacies, first they may not work and secondly sometimes patients do more harm than good trying to use them. My suggestion would be to avoid hot, cold and sweet foods and liquids until you see your dentist, as well as taking advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache. Perhaps see your dentist or another one sooner. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
After going to the dentist for a cavity filling, my cheek swollen the next day really bad. They didn't do anything to my cheek.
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