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What can I do about a small cavity in my tooth?

What can I do about a small cavity in my tooth?

Small Cavity: You have no other choice then to have the tooth filled. The longer you wait the bigger the filling will become. If you wait to long you will need a root canal, or a possible extraction. So go to your dentist and have the tooth filled. It will not get better it will just get worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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What can I do about a small cavity in my tooth besides drill and fill?

What can I do about a small cavity in my tooth besides drill and fill?

Why?: Early demineralization\decalcification of the enamel of the tooth can sometimes be reversed with remineralizing toothpastes & impeccable oral hygiene. However, the causes of this occurring in the first place usually do not stop & therefore it tends to reoccur with deepening decay! There are no magic treatments. It's best to just get it filled when it is small & easily repaired. No reason not to! ...Read more

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I am 58 female w/ one small cavity upper back tooth and one filling lower back tooth w/ small cavity bottom side of filling..? Is do I go composite or cerac? Price diff of 800+ per tooth

I am 58 female w/ one small cavity upper back tooth and one filling lower back tooth w/ small cavity bottom side of filling..? Is do I go composite or cerac? Price diff of 800+ per tooth

Size Matters: Depending on the size of the cavity and how far is extends across the different sides of the tooth, a Cerec restoration could be worth the investment. When a dentist recommends a composite resin filling, it is usually the best treatment for that tooth to restore it to optimal form and function. We budget is a concern, sometimes a dentist will offer choices. Ask your dentist about each tooth. ...Read more

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I had a small cavity then slowly my tooth started chipping. Now there is a hole in it. It doesn't hurt will I need it filled or pulled?

I had a small cavity then slowly my tooth started chipping. Now there is a hole in it. It doesn't hurt will I need it filled or pulled?

Depends: Once decay has worked through the enamel (outer layer) and into the dentin (softer layer), the decay can spread through it very rapidly. Depending upon how much decay is in the dentin and its proximity to the nerve chamber will determine whether it is fillable or in need of extraction. ...Read more

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I have a small cavity spot on my tooth even hard to see it with naked eyes so is there any solution so that my tooth can auto repair this cavity.

I have a small cavity spot on my tooth even hard to see it with naked eyes so is there any solution so that my tooth can auto repair this cavity.

What to do: First, not all spots are cavities. I often have patients come in thinking some stain or small spot is a cavity when in reality it's not. Start by having your own dentist evaluate what you see. There is no "auto repair" for decayed enamel. Some surface decalcifications can be remineralized or composite bonded so that they do not progress into deeper cavities. Discuss options with your own dentist. ...Read more

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Child 13 years. Bottom left tooth with small brown specks possibly cavity. Would general pain in surrounding gum be normal with cavity?

Child 13 years. Bottom left tooth with small brown specks possibly cavity. Would general pain in surrounding gum be normal with cavity?

Needs examination: Firstly, we cannot tell, over the internet if this is a primary tooth or an adult tooth. If a primary tooth, the secondary tooth may be trying to erupt, causing the gum pain... This is only a guess. It is really best that the child sees his/her own dentist. ...Read more

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I just found out that I have a cavity that has a couple very small light brown spots on my back tooth, what do I do?

I just found out that I have a cavity that has a couple very small light brown spots on my back tooth, what do I do?

Get it Filled: The goal of treatment is to preserve tooth structures and prevent further destruction of the tooth. In general, early treatment is less painful and less expensive than treatment of extensive decay. ...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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1 tooth w/small indent (not cavity) use to hurt now all hurt for over a yr. My new wisdoms are already browning & I brush. Teeth keep getting worse.

1 tooth w/small indent (not cavity) use to hurt now all hurt for over a yr. My new wisdoms are already browning & I brush. Teeth keep getting worse.

Comprehensive exam: Nothing that we can tell you on this website nor anything that you can do at home will resolve your dental issues. You need to actually see a dentist who can give you a comprehensive exam, discuss your problems and offer you treatment options. The sooner you see a dentist, the better you will feel and the healthier you and your teeth will be. Call for an appointment today. Feel better. ...Read more

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I have very small cavities (about 2 or 3) on side of wisdom tooth. They are in somewhat tight spot but I don't want tooth removed. Can they be filled?

I have very small cavities (about 2 or 3) on side of wisdom tooth. They are in somewhat tight spot but I don't want tooth removed. Can they be filled?

Depends on Position: In order to be filled, the dentist needs to have access for the instruments to open up access to the decay, clean out the decay, and seal the cavity with a filling. This can often be done with some difficulty, but in some cases, it can not. ...Read more

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I had 2 cavity fillings, had a minor tooth decay. Now I'm seeing decay in another 2 teeth. Why is it happening so fast and at so small age.

I had 2 cavity fillings, had a minor tooth decay. Now I'm seeing decay in another 2 teeth. Why is it happening so fast and at so small age.

Rampant Decay: High sugar consumption in the form of simple sugars, poor oral hygiene and significant quantities of soda or sweetened beverages or citric acid are common causes of the disease. Good home care, limiting sugars in the diet, sweet sodas, adding fluoride and aggressive dental treatment is the secret of success. ...Read more

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Small moveable bump on the bone behind wisdom tooth. No redness but swollen. Burning pain and mucosa sensitive. Salty when push on. Wis tooth cavity?

Small moveable bump on the bone behind wisdom tooth. No redness but swollen. Burning pain and mucosa sensitive. Salty when push on. Wis tooth cavity?

Likely not: Probably a pericoronitis, or inflammation and infection of tissue over/around the wisdom tooth. Hot salt water rinses, massaging with index finger might help a little. See your Oral Surgeon ASAP. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Are cavities just small holes in the teeth?

Could be. .: They can be small or large and are caused by bacteria - untreated they will most likely get bigger, although early ones can be reversed. ...Read more

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Small painless cavity in between my teeth. Should I do something about it?

Small painless cavity in between my teeth. Should I do something about it?

Yes: These small cavities will eventually become painful and increase in size. A simple early treatment of the cavity can prevent a potential root canal in the future. ...Read more

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Whem dr. Finds small cavity on x-ray, is it necessary to fix right away? Or do I still have two, three months to fix cavity on teeth?

Whem dr. Finds small cavity on x-ray, is it necessary to fix right away? Or do I still have two, three months to fix cavity on teeth?

Fix it: I would say why delaying fixing a cavity. When a dentist sees a cavity in the x rays for sure it should be fixed before it gets beyond fixation and turns into more complicated situation. I.E root canal treatment. .. ...Read more

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My child is 5 yrs old having problem of cavities in 5 teeth. Dr suggested rct here... shud I go for rct. ..???? as he is too small 4 d procedure. ..

My child is 5 yrs old having problem of cavities in 5 teeth. Dr suggested rct here... shud I go for rct. ..???? as he is too small 4 d procedure. ..

Infection: A cavity is an infection. Can damage underlying permanent tooth, bone, gum, adjacent teeth, and spread to other organ systems. Please do not delay. Follow your Dentist's advice. ...Read more

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Cavity between my two front teeth and caused a small gap how can it be fixed?

Cavity between my two front teeth and caused a small gap how can it be fixed?

If there were: No space before the cavities were present, then your dentist should be able to bond the area to close the space. If there was a space (diastema) a dentist can also close that space with a bonded composite restoration. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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