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Silvasorb Cavity Medication
Depends: Some smaller areas of decay can be removed without local anesthesia. There are a number of dentists who are using lasers to remove decay and are able to treat some decayed teeth comfortably without administering local anesthesia. Some describe the removal of decay with a laser as a much more comfortable procedure than the traditional drill. Deep areas of decay would likely require anesthesia. ...Read more
Rt ear has gone numb - past 2 days. No dizziness, no h/o of trauma, no ear discharge, no pain, ear cavity clean, on post angioplasty drugs, please help?
CN 7, 9, 10: The sensory innervation of the pinna (or ear) is complex: cranial nerves 7, 9, 10 play a part. Given your otherwise neurological "intactness" except this pinnal numbness, my question is: have you recently 'cracked' your neck, had chiropractic manipulation, what was angioplastied? Arterial dissection is the concern. The simplest explanation is focal compressing ear too long during sleep... ...Read more
Bacteria: Simply, bacteria in our mouths metablolize the carbohydrates that we eat (simple sugars are their favorites) and produce acid as a result of their activity. The acid dissolves the enamel, causing the decay. Eating the right foods, and brushing/flossing right afterwards, helps break the cycle. Go brush now! ...Read more
Diet and Bacteria:
Sugar and carbohydrates are used for fuel by bacteria in your mouth. A by-product they produce is acid. The acid dissolves the mineral of your tooth. They can be prevented by having a good diet, cleaning your teeth immaculately and seeing your dentist for cleanings at least twice a year.
There are other important dental problems beyond cavities, so see a great dentist to have it all assessed. ...Read more
Dental cavities are caused by acid that is produced by the bacteria in our mouths.
The carbohydrate in our diet (especially the liquid sugars) are metabolized by the bacteria in dental plaque into organic acids.
If the plaque is allowed to remain on the tooth, the acid creates a hole in the tooth we call a cavity.
Reduce dietary carbohydrate, remove plaque and use a Fluoride toothpaste. ...Read more
Lot's of bad places: I assume you mean a dental cavity. This can cause an abscess if untreated and can spread to your sinuses and even your brain (upper jaw) or all the way down to your heart (lower jaw). Lest we forget, tutankhamun, the boy-king of egypt ("king tut") was thought to have died of a brain abscess from a cavity. Go see your dentist! ...Read more
Decay: Tooth decay involves the breakdown of the enamel matrix subsequent to contact with acid. Only the most superficial of lesions can be reversed using a variety of remineralizing pastes. Good, healthy eating habits can help prevent decay together with regular brushing and flossing. You'll need a dentist to restore a cavity since you cannot eat your way out of it. ...Read more
Simple: Yes and No!: Once a cavity (carious lesion) is diagnosed, the decay will need to be removed and a restoration placed. Typically most cavities are anesthetized and no sensitivity is noted by the patient, just vibration from the handpiece. Larger restorations with infection or cracks can have sensitivity but usually manageable. Be sure to tell dentist if pain so dentist and team can manage discomfort. ...Read more
NO: Discuss your concern with your dentist prior to the procedure. Most patients request or require local anesthesia to "numb" the tooth so absolutely nothing is felt for the entire procedure. You have other options as well. Ask your dentist what is right for you and the specific procedure planned. ...Read more
No: The best we can do is restore it with a filling material. ...Read more
Pain...: If a cavity is a bit deep, you dentist will recommend a small shot of anesthetic. The pin prick will hurt a bit... Lets face it, it's a sharp needle. But that should be about it, for a couple of seconds. Many of my patients have their cavities filled without an anesthetic... And they don't complain about any pain. It's the nature of the procedure. ...Read more
One step at a time..: Find a dentist who comes highly recommend by friends, family co-workers or other health care professionals. Set up an appointment for an exam and consultation. Ask all the questions that would help you have confidence and trust in your dentist and enable you get all your needed dental treatment completed. It's a lot easier and more comfortable nowadays than you would imagine. ...Read more
Cavities: Damage from cavities can not be reversed. If bad enough, a dentist will drill the cavity out and then place a crown over the tooth. If the cavity is not far along, it cannot be reversed but it can be kept from getting worse. Regular brushing and flossing along with a flouride rinse can help keep the teeth strong and prevent cavities from progressing. ...Read more
They continue: Demineralization can be reversed and the tooth structure regain its remineralized surface. But once a cavity develops, and creates a "cavititation" into the tooth if will not reverse, it will only continue to grow larger until it penetrates into the deepest part of the tooth, creating pain, and infection. Preventing decay is always the best thing to do. ...Read more
Depends: How developed are the cavities? If they are incipient then I suggest good oral hygiene: brushing well, flossing properly, rinsing with Fluoride rinse and visiting ur dentist. Ur doctor may treat your teeth with sealants and prescribe toothpaste with a higher Fluoride content and suggest how to improve your hygiene technique. Do your best and be well. ...Read more