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I'm on meds for an infected cavity. Even after I took them, my mouth is getting worse and swollen. How do I stop the swelling?

I'm on meds for an infected cavity. Even after I took them, my mouth is getting worse and swollen. How do I stop the swelling?

See Dentist: Antibiotic may control spread of infection as long as you are taking the Meds, but Dental treatment (root canal or extraction) is the only "cure." See your Dentist ASAP. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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Mouth wash and children? Is there an age at which we should start our son on mouth wash to help prevent cavities? He's five now, and always wants to try what's in the mouthwash bottle. I know not to give him that, but are there any child-appropriate flavo

Mouth wash and children? Is there an age at which we should start our son on mouth wash to help prevent cavities? He's five now, and always wants to try what's in the mouthwash bottle. I know not to give him that, but are there any child-appropriate flavo

Hello.: Hello. It isn't recommended for children under six years old to use mouthwash. They should be supervised when they use mouthwash to ensure that they don't swallow it. If a child swallowed a lot of fluorinated mouth wash, he or she could develop fluorosis which could leave spots on the teeth. Children should not use mouth washes that contain alcohol (for obvious reasons). There are many children's rinses that have child-friendly flavors and that come in colorful packaging. Just walk through the dental aisle of your grocery store and you will see an array of products. You would be the best one to know which of those flavors was likely to appeal to your son. ...Read more

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During a teeth cleaning the nurse cut my gum. The next day my tooth was infected. No cavity or problem with tooth. Now a root canal? What happened?

During a teeth cleaning the nurse cut my gum. The next day my tooth was infected. No cavity or problem with tooth. Now a root canal? What happened?

Not related: Sometimes gums become inflamed, and when a cleaning is done, especially under the gum line, the infected gums will bleed. Teeth require RC treatment because of decay or, rarely, fracture or trauma. If gum disease severe you could have a combined Perio/Endo (gum/root canal) infection. Call your Dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My son is 7 and has serious cavity issues with the 4 quads of his mouth. I have been in regina only a short time. Can I take him to emerg. For removl?

My son is 7 and has serious cavity issues with the 4 quads of his mouth. I have been in regina only a short time. Can I take him to emerg. For removl?

Can't answer: Don't know the rules in canada. Understand, however, if baby teeth have to be removed early your child will require space maintainers to reduce developmental complications. ...Read more

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I had root canal done and 10 cavities filled on Thursday. Now I have formed canker sores all over my mouth. Is this normal?

I had root canal done and 10 cavities filled on Thursday. Now I have formed canker sores all over my mouth. Is this normal?

Not abnormal: You had a lot of work done in just one visit. Not a surprise that the herpes virus cells already living in your tissues have become activated. The lesions should dissipate in 10-14 days. Call your Dentist for palliative support. ...Read more

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I have really bad taste in my mouth following dental work two days ago. Had a cavity under a crown. Now have temporary crown.?

I have really bad taste in my mouth following dental work two days ago. Had a cavity under a crown. Now have temporary crown.?

Bacteria/Debris: The bad taste could be from the temporary crown (acrylic), food trapping, remaining decay, or an infected tooth. Any pain? ...Read more

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What happens when a tooth that already has a filling gets another cavity in a different spot? I have a molar on the lower left side of my mouth got a filling last year, and now has another cavity in a different spot. Can a tooth have more than one filling

What happens when a tooth that already has a filling gets another cavity in a different spot? I have a molar on the lower left side of my mouth got a filling last year, and now has another cavity in a different spot. Can a tooth have more than one filling

Yes: Yes it can. There are different surfaces on the tooth and sometimes you can have a cavity on one surface, and then get a cavity on a different surface at a later date.

We call the surfaces buccal, lingual, mesial, distal, and occlusal. You would refer to the surfaces as outside, inside, front, back and top.

Hope this info helps. ...Read more

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Headache top right side of head for 3 days after having cavity on left side of mouth filled. Now, my right eye is bloodshot. Throbbing. Help!

Go to your doctor: This could a sinusitis, inflammation and infection of the sinus cavity (maxillary sinus) that makes up the floor of the bony orbit that holds your eye. You need to go to your doctor or the er especially if tis getting worse and/or you have a fever. It could just be refered pain as well. Better be safe and get it checked out. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I have a cavity on a molar in the lower left of my mouth; I can feel it with my tongue. However, I don't have dental insurance or much money right now. Is there anything I can do temporarily that might help prevent my tooth from damage?

I'm pretty sure I have a cavity on a molar in the lower left of my mouth; I can feel it with my tongue. However, I don't have dental insurance or much money right now. Is there anything I can do temporarily that might help prevent my tooth from damage?

Dental school: It is important to treat a cavity soon. Keeping the bacteria count in your mouth low by brushing flossing and rinsing often can help slow the process. But having it restored is the only way to stop the process. Look into dental school clinics or local hospital dental programs for low cost dentistry. ...Read more

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I have two cavitys, it's very painful. I just had my tonsils removed 11 days ago, can I go to the dentist with out hurting my wounds?

I have two cavitys, it's very painful. I just had my tonsils removed 11 days ago, can I go to the dentist with out hurting my wounds?

Probably: Make an appointment right away. If the cavites are deep and you need a root canal they might need to medicate you for a couple days before starting treatment anyway. Cavities

dentist also have "rubber dam" material where they poke a hole in it for your tooth just like a surgeon would to work on body part. This would limit water and bacteria going down your throat. ...Read more

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Cavity on wisdom tooth, had it for years. No pain. Because of financial reasons, never got it fixed. Could this affect tonsils and overall health?

Cavity on wisdom tooth, had it for years. No pain. Because of financial reasons, never got it fixed. Could this affect tonsils and overall health?

Dental health: Has an impact on overall physical and emotional health. Please search out dental schools in your area and seek treatment. They can provide low cost services by supervised dental students. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I had the tonsil cavity cauterized last year cause the bleeding. Occasionally I had some light bleeding which could be my gums as well. Can ablation b?

I had the tonsil cavity cauterized last year cause the bleeding. Occasionally I had some light bleeding which could be my gums as well. Can ablation b?

Bleeding: Bleeding is sign that there is something dramatically wrong. See the Physician that did the cauterization to reexamine the are. Also immediately schedule appointment with Dentist to see if you have gum disease severe enough to cause your gums to bleed. If so, appropriate treatment will be recommended. ...Read more

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Deep cavity on right bottom teeth, waiting to get root canal, fixed 2 cavities on top right, right tonsil and ear pain, is there a correlation here?

Deep cavity on right bottom teeth, waiting to get root canal, fixed 2 cavities on top right, right tonsil and ear pain, is there a correlation here?

Yes, referred pain: Tooth infection have the capacity to produce constant boring referred pain to throat and ear. See your dentist ASAP to complete your treatment plan. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes fluid in ears, pain in glands/jaw that pains entire face cavity, sore throat? I don't have tonsils

What causes fluid in ears, pain in glands/jaw that pains entire face cavity, sore throat? I don't have tonsils

A variety...: ....Of illnesses can do all that. The only thing that's relatively certain is that the pain isn't coming from your tonsils. As with many illnesses, the best course of action is often rest, lots of fluids, and more rest. If the symptoms persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get infected from kissing someone with a cavity?

Kissing infect teeth: Yes, the tooth germ can be transmitted mouth to mouth. But it takes a lot of sharing. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an infected tooth and a cavity?

What's the difference between an infected tooth and a cavity?

Infected tooth: A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay. This is usually repairable by removing the decay and restoring the tooth with a filling or a crown.

An infected tooth is an infection of the nerve of the tooth. This is usually caused by deep, untreated decay, but can also be caused by trauma, like a blow to the tooth. An infected tooth is treated by a root canal procedure. ...Read more

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How can you prevent a cavity from getting infected?

How can you prevent a cavity from getting infected?

It already is: A carious lesion starts with demineralization of the enamel. Bacteria soon reside and colonize the cavity. At this point the tooth can be restored with a restoration. Allowed to progress, the carious lesion will eventually reach the nerve of the tooth, where the bacteria can pass through the tooth, infecting the bone. Then you will need root canal therapy or extraction. So have the tooth fixed. ...Read more

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Death from sepsis perforations bowel infected cavity anastomosis site, yet autopsy said bowel unremarkable, how? There wud be evidence of sepsis, yes?

Death from sepsis perforations bowel infected cavity anastomosis site, yet autopsy said bowel unremarkable, how? There wud be evidence of sepsis, yes?

Autopsy report: If the patient had a perforated bowel, I would be extremely surprised if the pathology report from the autopsy said 'normal'. To me that doesn't make any sense. Definitely if someone had a perforated bowel, there's a high chance they met the criteria for sepsis. Probably severe sepsis or even septic shock. There are strict definitions for that. Any Infectious Disease doctor should be able to help. ...Read more

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My bottom wisdom tooth is infected from the inside even though there are no cavities. It needs a canal or extraction. Which is better?

My bottom wisdom tooth is infected from the inside even though there are no cavities. It needs a canal or extraction. Which is better?

RCT or EXT?: 99% of the time it would not make sense to invest the time and money to perform a root canal therapy on wisdom teeth. There are some unique exceptions when there are other missing teeth, the tooth is otherwise full erupted, in good position and might be essential either now or in the future and better to retain. Your own dentist would be the one to discuss your options and why he\she advises it. ...Read more

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I have a uterine cavity 4cm hematoma since vag hysterectomy 8 weeks ago. It keeps getting infected and I end up on IV abx. What can be done?

I have a uterine cavity 4cm hematoma since vag hysterectomy 8 weeks ago. It keeps getting infected and I end up on IV abx. What can be done?

Antibiotics or surge: At this point, it would be continued antibiotics, or surgery to evacuate the hematoma. A lot of surgeons would hesitate to reoperate if this can be taken care of by medications. ...Read more

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Is there a way I can I reverse a cavity other than a filling or having the cavity infected tooth pulled? I have no dental insurance.

Is there a way I can I reverse a cavity other than a filling or having the cavity infected tooth pulled? I have no dental insurance.

Seek treatment soon: I would suggest seeing if you have any dental coverage through Obamacare. Otherwise, I would seek treatment at a dental school or hospital residency program, which are always looking for patients. Try to see a dentist soon before the infection gets worse. ...Read more

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GERD and oral health implications. Teenager who has done root canal, has lost two teeth as well as she has 7 fillings and 6 cavities. Should we be concerned as well as he recently had a cleaning done and the dentist said the gums were infected?

GERD and oral health implications. Teenager who has done root canal, has lost two teeth as well as she has 7 fillings and 6 cavities. Should we be concerned as well as he recently had a cleaning done and the dentist said the gums were infected?

GERD and caries: Yes, GERD does have the potential to make dental caries worse. It doesn't have to though. Through a combination of anti-reflux measures and medication to keep the reflux to a minimum, she can lead life without any affect on her teeth whatsoever. Work with her doctor to get her GERD under good control! I hope this helps. ...Read more

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When I chew I have a pain in the same area in the very back of my mouth. Top of mouth, right side, the last tooth. Is this likely a cavity?

See your dentist: It doesn't necessarily mean a cavity. You could have a fracture of the tooth or you could have some isolated periodontal disease with the tooth. You might also have some clenching or grinding habit that irritates the structures supporting the tooth. ...Read more

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Been feeling sensitive in upper mouth area around teeth when I drink water. I had cavities filled there months ago. Any cause?

Recurrent Decay: It is possible that you could have more decay around the fillings that were placed a few months back. Additionally, it is possible that one or more of the fillings has loosened allowing leakage and sensitivity. Get back to your dentist for an evaluation. Remember that fillings don't last forever! ...Read more

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The irritated area is not my external skin, it is in my sinus cavity between my nose and the roof of my mouth. Please help. Thanks?

The irritated area is not my external skin, it is in my sinus cavity between my nose and the roof of my mouth. Please help. Thanks?

Need more info: Is this an area that feels irritated when you touch it? Do you know it is in the sinus because you've had this problem before? Does irritation cause pain? Sneezing and itching? Initial thoughts would include an erosion such as ulcer or blister or maybe congestion from viral illness, allergic rhinitis, or chronic non-allergic rhinitis. Consider a virtual consult to discuss symptoms further ...Read more

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I have a new cavity. How do I stop my mouth from swelling?

I have a new cavity. How do I stop my mouth from swelling?

See a dentist: If you see a dentist right when you have a cavity starting you will not have swelling. You get swelling when you have waited to long and have infection. At that point you will most likely need an extraction or a root canal. You want to have your cavities filled before you have pain. ...Read more

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Can a dry mouth cause cavities?

Can a dry mouth cause cavities?

Dry mouth: Dry mouth can cause rapidly progressing tooth decay so work with your dentist. Avoid acidic and sugary drinks and foods. Stay hydrated. Chew xylitol gum ...Read more

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Could a plastic retainer be causing cavities to form in my mouth?

Could a plastic retainer be causing cavities to form in my mouth?

Keep it clean: A retainer in and of itself does not cause decay. Bacteria feeding on the debris in your mouth will cause decay. Your teeth need hygiene (need to be brushed and flossed), and to do this, you must remove your retainers. Your retainers also need to be clean, as any food or debris will make the decay bacteria very happy. You don't want that. Clean your retainers also. ...Read more

Children's Health (Definition)

Children's health refers broadly to the health maintenance and prevention ...Read more