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Should I get dental sealant for my molars?

Should I get dental sealant for my molars?

If indicated: Your dentist can advise you whether you are prone to dental decay in those areas and whether sealants will be helpful to you. ...Read more

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Molar Tooth (Definition)

The permanent molars occupy the most posterior portion of the dental arch. They are the primary grinding teeth in the mouth. Adult humans have twelve molars, in four groups of three at the back of the mouth. The third, rearmost molar in each group is called a wisdom tooth. It is the last tooth to appear, breaking through the gum tissue at about ...Read more


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How can I have a cavity on a tooth that's been sealed? I found out this week that I have on my first cavity on the top of one of my molars that has a sealant on it. How is that possible? .

How can I have a cavity on a tooth that's been sealed? I found out this week that I have on my first cavity on the top of one of my molars that has a sealant on it. How is that possible?


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It is possible: Dental sealants help reduce the risk of developing cavities on the biting surfaces of teeth. They can’t prevent 100% of cavities from forming. Whenever you have tooth structure, you have the chance of developing decay. ...Read more

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One of my molars is really bothering me after a dental cleaning. I've had a severe abscess a year ago, not on that tooth tho. Could this be infected?

One of my molars is really bothering me after a dental cleaning. I've had a severe abscess a year ago, not on that tooth tho. Could this be infected?

Possibly!: You mention pain in a molar, but not swelling...usually another sign of abscess. Your best option is to see your dentist and have your pain isolated and diagnosed! Than follow though with treatment recommendations. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there any assumed guarantee on dental crowns? A few years ago, my former dentist put a crown on one of my molars. Recently, a part of the crown (near the gum line, between teeth) broke off, and food is getting trapped in the resulting gap, causing gum

Is there any assumed guarantee on dental crowns? A few years ago, my former dentist put a crown on one of my molars.  Recently, a part of the crown (near the gum line, between teeth) broke off, and food is getting trapped in the resulting gap, causing gum

There : There are no guarantees expressed or implied with any medical procedure, and it is unethical for any health care provider to do so. You do not say how old the crown is, but it is possible that something is breaking down under the crown. It could also be that nothing broke off, but in fact, you have a bone loss in that area resulting in a space and a bacterial/food trap. Was a recent radiograph taken? What did your current dentist tell you? This cannot be left untreated. From your description, and assuming you are correct that something did break off, it could be that a small piece of porcelain chipped off the crown. If the gold coping under the porcelain flexed due to a cavity in that spot, the porcelain could flake off. If there is a cavity, it needs to be taken care of. Even if no cavity, the food and bacteria being trapped will constantly keep the gum tissue in that area inflammed, which can lead to a periodontal defect. You should see your new dentist to determine what exactly the problem is and what would be the proper course of action. ...Read more

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All my teeth dont touch except for my molars. Why is this?

See an Orthodontist: Anterior open bites can be the result of a tongue-thrust habit or TMJ resorption. See an orthodontist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My molars second molars are growing in and I have a medium gap between my 2 front teeth... Might it close?

My molars second molars are growing in and I have a medium gap between my 2 front teeth... Might it close?

Front diastema: At your age, it's unlikely to close and certainly won't because your second molars are growing in. Second molars grow in around the age of 12. They are probably your wisdom teeth and still won't cause the gap to close. See a dentist about whether or not you have room for your wisdom teeth to fully erupt as well as options to close the gap. ...Read more

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Will the metal bands placed on my molars hurt as much as the ortho rubber spacers I have in now? Will it feel like something is stuck in my teeth?

Will the metal bands placed on my molars hurt as much as the ortho rubber spacers I have in now? Will it feel like something is stuck in my teeth?

It's different: The spacers create room for placement of the bands. They do this by creating pressure and force on your teeth. That is their purpose. Once there is space to place the bands on, the band go on passively.You can expect forces & pressures & some soreness throughout your orthodontic treatment. That's how the teeth are moved. Many of us including myself have gone through it. It's intermittent & not bad. ...Read more

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Sealants (Definition)

Dental sealants help reduce the risk of developing cavities on the ...Read more