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How would a dentist file a small cavity?

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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Cavity (Definition)

Basically a cavity is a hole, or defect in the tooth structure. It is created by the demineralization and breakdown of tooth structure from the acid attack of ...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 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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A filling for a small cavity keeps falling out. This is the 5th time i will have to get it fixed in 1 1/2 years. Should i find a new dentist?

Depends: Depends on where the cavity is. If it was on the edge of a front tooth/incisor, those can have a tendency to chip off if you are not careful about biting into hard food. If its in the back of your mouth, with the bonding process being very technique sensitive, if any saliva hits the tooth in the middle of bonding, that can compromise the bond and make it more likely to fall out. ...Read more

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Can a new dentist be untruthful to you when showing you your dental xrays, saying that you have 10 small cavities, when 6 months ago only had one.

Can a new dentist be untruthful to you when showing you your dental xrays, saying that you have 10 small cavities, when 6 months ago only had one.

Early Detection: New technology enables dentists to detect decay earlier then in the past. It is possible that the dentist with the newer equipment is actually going to preserve more tooth structure by early intervention (smaller hole). Laser detection (diagnadent) and sopra fluoresence are some of the newest tools I have in my practice for early intervention. If very early, Fluoride mineralization is best. ...Read more

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How would a dentist fill in a small cavity? Can he just laser away instead of drill?

How would a dentist fill in a small cavity? Can he just laser away instead of drill?

Yes, possibly.: Laser dentistry is becoming more common and some can remove a cavity instead of using a drill. Sometimes you don't even need anesthetic (shots). The cavity is then filled (restored) with whatever material you and your dentist decide is best. If you are really interested in laser dentistry i would search out a dentist that has a hard tissue laser. ...Read more

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My dentist said I have a small hole in my tooth and I should put some toothpaste on it each night. Is there any other way to help seal up the cavity?

My dentist said I have a small hole in my tooth and I should put some toothpaste on it each night. Is there any other way to help seal up the cavity?

Hole? Cavity?: While there are some toothpastes that can remineralize decalcified enamel, merely applying normal tooth paste will do nothing. I'm not sure which one your dentist recommended or is referring to. Personally, if i had a suspicious lesion in my own tooth, i would want a dental sealant, flowable composite or a small bonded filling. You might want to get more clarification regarding treatment choices. ...Read more

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I have a Small carious cavity and clear OPG with constant pain. Dentist is confused and thinks its pulpitis but not sure. Medicines failed.

I have a Small carious cavity and clear OPG with constant pain. Dentist is confused and thinks its pulpitis but not sure. Medicines failed.

Internet diagnosis: These types of situations require a clinical exam and x-rays along with other types of tests IN PERSON and cannot be properly or accurately diagnosed over the internet. Sorry. Perhaps see another dentist for a second opinion Medicines? Was the cavity filled? When or why not? perhaps another tooth or another problem? ...Read more

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Three year old has a few small cavities in front teeth. Dentist says no pain no problem and we should just wait til they get loose on their own?

Second opinion: I would need to see the "small cavities", but I am concerned about leaving carious lesions on any teeth. See a pediatric dentist for a second opinion. It will cost less in the long run to fix them now. ...Read more

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