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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How long after a dental filling am I able to brush my teeth?

How long after a dental filling am I able to brush my teeth?

Dental filling: The dentist advised no food x 1 hour after filling. In a few hours I see no reason why you cannot brush your teeth. ...Read more

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Rereootcanal with temp filling. Can brushing my teeth hard cause damage to the tooth? How suceptible is the tooth to damage?

Rereootcanal with temp filling. Can brushing my teeth hard cause damage to the tooth? How suceptible is the tooth to damage?

Yes, you can: Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. However, if the temporary filling is left too long, the bacteria from your mouth will compromise the root canal outcome. ...Read more

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Will brushing my teeth with activated charcoal harm my composite fillings?

No: Activated charcoal will not harm the filling.
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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Normal to have minor aches and pains in the teeth after a dental filling?

Normal to have minor aches and pains in the teeth after a dental filling?

It is normal: Some discomfort or a mild pain should be considered as normal for a few weeks after having a dental filling. However, ask your dentist to reevaluate if pain is abnormal or if the pain persists more than 3 weeks. ...Read more

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What are some ways to remove the yellow from dental filling and teeth?

What are some ways to remove the yellow from dental filling and teeth?

Dental cleaning: See your dentist for a professional cleaning. It might take repolishing or replacing the fillings to get them the color you want. Cleaning first to see what changes can be made. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the best dental filling material for your children's teeth?

What's the best dental filling material for your children's teeth?

It depends.: Which material is best for your child depends on whether this is a baby tooth or one of the permanent teeth, and how big the filling will need to be. Tooth colored fillings are usually best for really small fillings since it binds with the tooth enamel. Though not all tooth colred fillings work on baby teeth. Silver fillings are stronger so they may be better for larger fillings. ...Read more

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Can a dental filling cause your teeth to feel sensitive afterwards?

Can a dental filling cause your teeth to feel sensitive afterwards?

Yes, but...: Usually for a short time only. Like a cut in the skin, it is normal to be tender for a couple of days until it heals. Deep fillings and cracked teeth can be highly sensitive (esp. To ice/cold) and may need further care. Sensitivity that lasts should be evaluated by your dentist. Root canal therapy can alleviate painful pulpal problems. ...Read more

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I felt amazed that a cotton placed inside my molar & had dental filling for 10years is still white inside my tooth after being re-opened. Why is it?

I felt amazed that a cotton placed inside my molar & had dental filling for 10years is still white inside my tooth after being re-opened. Why is it?

It was sealed: If no saliva or debris or bacteria seeped into the area where the cotton was, it would be dry and it would not be contaminated. Same thing would happen to a piece of cotton left in a dry, moisture free, sealed bottle for 10, 20, or even 30 years. ...Read more

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After wisdom tooth removal, is it necessary to have a dental filling in the extraction site?

No: A dental filling is not placed in the extraction site. Depending on the size of the defect from the removal of the wisdom tooth, some extraction sites are grafted to help prevent a periodontal problem with an adjacent tooth. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a dental filling to support broken tooth that already has a big filling?

Is it possible to get a dental filling to support broken tooth that already has a big filling?

Yes, but not always: Yes, depending on how much tooth structure is missing. If the tooth still has a fair amount of tooth structure left, then you can get away by placing another filling, but if not, then you need a crown. But be aware that even if you place a filling, there might still be a chance that it may fracture and you may need a crown. If finances allows you to get a crown then that would be ideal choice. ...Read more

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How long does tooth sensitivity last after having a dental filling?

Depends: Some sensitivity after filling is due to irritation to the nerve, after few days subsides. Others is because the bite after filling placement is too high & needs adjustment or balancing. After adjustment sensitivity goes down after 2 to 3 days. And if the sensitivity does not go away after 1 week and the quality of pain changes to constant, spontaneous, and to hot temperature might need root canal. ...Read more

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Lump, firm, dime sized throbs lightly 1/2 times a day inch behind left earlobe. Yearly CBC in Nov all good Dental filling 4 weeks ago, top left tooth?

Lump, firm, dime sized throbs lightly 1/2 times a day inch behind left earlobe. Yearly CBC in Nov all good Dental filling 4 weeks ago, top left tooth?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. However, you may wait and watch, the lump, which may be a lymphnode. You may feel the node every couple of weeks, if the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, you develop fever, or lose weight, you should see a doctor ...Read more

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Can constant dental filling replacements result in tooth removal?

Sometimes: Every time a filling is removed and replaced a little bit of tooth is removed. Typically when the filling is 1/3 or more the width of the tooth, the tooth structure is thin enough that the tooth is vulnerable to break and so a crown is placed. If a crown is not placed the tooth can break and need to be removed. ...Read more

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What are the different types of dental filling for the lateral surface of the tooth?

What are the different types of dental filling for the lateral surface of the tooth?

Resin, amalgam, gold: In reality, all three are possible. Practically speaking, resin is the most common and desirable. Depending on the tooth, ceramic might also be possible. Lateral would ususlly infer a front tooth surface. ...Read more

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Will dental filling be done in the same tooth (after first one comes out remaining in place for two years)?

Will dental filling be done in the same tooth (after first one comes out remaining in place for two years)?

Replacing fillings: This seemingly simple question is not quite that easy to answer, especially sight unseen. Can a filling be replaced? Yes. However, it might require more than just a filling based upon the condition of the tooth and the reason why it needs replacement. If it just chipped, discolored or slightly more decay, then yes. If substantial decay, fracture, nerve exposure, etc, probably not. ...Read more

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Usually how long can tooth sensitivity go away after having a dental filling?

Usually how long can tooth sensitivity go away after having a dental filling?

Should Not Last: Dental sensitivity can happen in certain cases, but most of the time the dentist should be able to tell you there may be sensitivity at the time of treatment, and why. He/she should also tell you what may need to happen if "this" happens, or "that" happens. Meaning, you should not be left wondering. Go back, let the dentist know your issue, I'm sure they will get right on it for you! Don't wait. ...Read more

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I had a dental filling an hour ago and my mouth is still numb, how long before I can eat?

Now or Later: The local anesthetic will wear off in 1-6 hours depending on where it was given. However you can eat anytime that you want but don't eat if you may chew you lip, cheek, tongue because you don't feel them. Best if numb is to eat very easy, slow, and carefully or better yet wait until after it wakes up so you don't do damage to the tongue, lips, etc. ...Read more

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What should I do? I have pain one month after a dental filling?

What should I do? I have pain one month after a dental filling?

See dentist: Any time discomfort or unusual symptoms are present for more than three days or occur more than three times, the problem is bigger than you think. Could be bite is off or abscess brewing. You need professional attention and asap. ...Read more

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My dental filling fell out while eating and I swollowed it, pregnant 37 weeks should I be worry now?

My dental filling fell out while eating and I swollowed it, pregnant 37 weeks should I be worry now?

Yes and no: I'm not worried that you swallowed it...It'll pass. What concerns me is why it fell out. Many times when fillings fall out, it's because there is a lot of decay under it (though not always). Get to a dentist asap to have it checked out. The last thing you want is for this tooth to start hurting right before you go into labor or for a dental infection to endanger your baby! ...Read more

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How much does the average dental filling cost in asia and what do they use?

How much does the average dental filling cost in asia and what do they use?

Asia, a broad questi: Asia is a big place. There are different health care systems from country to country over there, so this question needs to be narrowed down to a specific country. The dental materials in asia are likely to be the same as here...Dental amalgam or resin composite. Price also varies on how big the cavity is and how many surfaces it covers. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if I can go swimming after I get a dental filling?

Wanted to know if I can go swimming after I get a dental filling?

Yes: As long as you feel awake, alert and well after your dental procedure there is no contraindication to going swimming ...Read more

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Can they paint some dental sealant on top of a dental filling to make the filling lasts longer?

Can they paint some dental sealant on top of a dental filling to make the filling lasts longer?

Not at this time: Who knows. With the explosion in dental technology, these procedures may be the treatment of the future. But not at this time as far as I know. ...Read more

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How long after having novacaine for a dental filling can you drink beer?

How long after having novacaine for a dental filling can you drink beer?

Right away: You can drink alcohol right away without it affecting anything if all you got was a "novocaine" shot. I put novocaine in quotes because dentists have not used novocaine since the 1970's but are using other anesthetics instead (a lot like calling all antibiotics penicillin). ...Read more

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How long after having novacaine for a dental filling can you drink beer?

Wait: Until it's worn off before eating or drinking. You might injure your mouth tongue or lips while they're numb. ...Read more

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I have PAINLESS jaw popping since the day of my dental filling 4 weeks ago. Will it go away?

I have PAINLESS jaw popping since the day of my dental filling 4 weeks ago. Will it go away?

Yes: After dental procedure - keeping mouth open for while - is a strain for jaw joint. It is very common feel pain to more popping while eating or just yawning. Try to eat more soft diet and avoid crunchy stuff and chewing gums. Clean your teeth as usual and use anti-inflammatory as Ibuprofen or Naproxen to relive discomfort. Sometime it takes 3-4 weeks to be back in normal. Follow with dentist. ...Read more

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I have to get a dental filling after school was wondering if there is something I could be given to get rid of the lidocaine that medicare could pay

I have to get a dental filling after school was wondering if there is something I could be given to get rid of the lidocaine that medicare could pay

Time: Are you asking if there's something that will make the lidocaine wear off sooner? No such product exists - you just have to give it time. If the numbness bothers you and it is just one tooth, you could talk to your dentist about doing a more localized infiltration vs a nerve block. Perhaps a dentist here could weigh in? ...Read more

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After how many years can you replace a dental filling?

After how many years can you replace a dental filling?

Many years.: If you maintain good oral hygiene, dental fillings may last many years. As long as there is no additional decay under a filling and it is not broken, you should not replace a filling. ...Read more

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How do you put in a dental filling in a 3 year old?

How do you put in a dental filling in a 3 year old?

The same as an adult: The actual "filling" is the same as you would probably have. What is different is having to deal with the psychology of a 3 year old. This is something your pediatric dentist does daily.
"fillings" vary in size and surfaces of teeth involved. Some are small and can be done without any local anesthetic. Some are large and can involve multiple tooth surfaces and may require anesthetic. ...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


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Dental Filling (Definition)

A filling is a dental material to replace a portion of the tooth lost due to fracture or decay. It can be composite ...Read more