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Black tooth under temp crown, is it tooth decay?

Black tooth under temp crown, is it tooth decay?

It All Depends: All other answers are valid. However, I'd like to add that if the temp crown was recently placed while you're waiting for a permanent crown, the black coloration can be from bacteria getting through the temp crown. It's a result of not having a good seal with the temp crown and usually not a cavity. You commonly see this if the temp crown has been in place for some time where the seal is bad. ...Read more

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Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...Read more


Dr. Meng Syn Dr. Syn
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Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

Dr. Meng Syn Dr. Syn
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Dental caries, tooth decay:  causes?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque are exposed to sugars and metabolize the sugars into acid. Plaque is sticky and concentrates the acid onto the enamal of your teeth which dissolves it creating a cavity. Plaque without sugar or starch wil not cause decay. Sugar without plaque will not cause decay. Acid alone, like lemons, will dissolve enamal and can cause decay, . ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Carl Dr. Carl
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Dental experts! what toothpastes/dental products strengthen tooth enamel?

Dr. Mark Carl Dr. Carl
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Dental experts! what toothpastes/dental products strengthen tooth enamel?

Several: Any tooth paste with fluoride make the tooth more resistant to the acids that cause decay. If you get a tooth paste that is designed with a calcium and fluoride combination you can get minor remineralization (hardening) of the tooth. Tooth paste such as Pronamel and Colgate Enamel Health can be good for this. Any tooth paste should not be too abrasive as this can wear enamel away. Hope this is h ...Read more

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Does teeth bleaching ruin the tooth enamel?

No: Just don't overdo it. Your teeth will only whiten to the extent that the enamel will allow. The color of the dentin underneath will still shine through and cannot be lightened by bleaching. Likewise, if you have recession, your exposed roots will not lighten and should not be bleached. A common side effect of whitening is sensitivity of the teeth, which is transient. ...Read more

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Dr. James Beck Dr. Beck
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Is tooth decay hereditary?

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Is tooth decay hereditary?

Not really: No i don't think it is. But the bad habits that cause tooth decay are passed on through families. I have heard patients say that bad teeth run in their family, but i don't agree with that. If you brush 2-3 times a day, floss once a day, rinse once a day, see the dentist every 6 months, you will go a long way toward breaking this family tradition. ...Read more

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How much is wisdom tooth extraction cost?

How much is wisdom tooth extraction cost?

$200 - $5000: The cost depends on how difficult the tooth will be to extract. If the tooth has erupted, it will cost less to extract than if it is still under the gums. The dentist will take an xray and give you an estimate before the procedure. Here's a tip: keep an ice cooler in your car with ice bags. Put them on your face as soon as you get in car. This will decrease swelling and pain. Best of luck! ...Read more

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3 wisdom tooth extractrd and a molar tooth bone grafted also 6 weeks ago. Can flossing shift teeth positions?

3 wisdom tooth extractrd and a molar tooth bone grafted also 6 weeks ago.  Can flossing shift teeth positions?

No: Flossing will, if anything, tighten teeth by improving gum/bone health. If you think teeth are shifting see your General Dentist and/or Oral Surgeon for a review of your occlusion. ...Read more

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Is bone grafting necessary after wisdom teeth extracted?

Is bone grafting necessary after wisdom teeth extracted?

Bone Grafting: Bone grafting after an extraction is a non-invasive and cost-effective way to make sure your jaw bone is preserved. For most cases, it is very helpful. Grafting is usually not needed to replace wisdom teeth, baby teeth, or when teeth were taken out for braces. ...Read more

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Dentists, how much is a wisdom tooth extraction?

Dentists, how much is a wisdom tooth extraction?

Differs: Depends on complexity of the procedure, time to do the rx, type of anesthesia, etc. It's not like buying a can of soup, where every can is exactly like every other can. It's not a product, it's a service. So find the best oral surgeon you can (ask your dentist for referral) and go for it. ...Read more

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Can Wisdom tooth extraction change face shape?

Can Wisdom tooth extraction change face shape?

Normally not: The alignment of the wisdom teeth are often not the determining factor in facial symmetry. If the other teeth start shifting, etc., then there could be some changes. ...Read more

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Does removing wisdom tooth change facial structure?

Does removing wisdom tooth change facial structure?

No: No changes to facial structure removing wisdom teeth. Make sure your procedure is done by an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Dentis removed amalgam filling, drilled tooth root after suspecting caries toxicity.Now tooth area is swollen.Taking macropen. Is this normal/enough?

Swellings: Swelling is not normal and in these types of cases usually represent an infection. Antibiotics tend to prevent spread of infection but does not address cause. Speak to the dentist treating you regarding what to do, rather than seeking advice online from someone who has limited information about your specific situation. ...Read more

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Dental cavity crown-re;ated?

Dental cavity crown-re;ated?

Indirectly, maybe: Question is too vague, but i'll address possibilities. If a crown is poorly designed with a gap in the fit on the tooth, a cavity could develop in gap. If cavity remains after tooth reduction for crown, it may continue to progress under crown. If a crown doesn't contact adjacent tooth well, food trap forms which creates a condition for a cavity to occur on adjacent tooth or at margin of crown. ...Read more

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Could filling prevent tooth from decay?

Could filling prevent tooth from decay?

No.: Decay is the disease process through which a hole/void is created. That hole is filled in with filling material. While the filling itself cannot decay, the tooth structure all around the filling can. ...Read more

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Which tooth brush is designed to clean wisdom teeth?

Which tooth brush is designed to clean wisdom teeth?

Any adult brush: I am not aware of any tooth brush that has been designed specifically for wisdom teeth. The technique and way you brush your teeth is more important than the design of the brush. Any adult brush was mentioned only to allow adequate length for the brush to reach the wisdom teeth. ...Read more

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Will temporary crown on wisdom tooth gum cause swelling before removal?

Will temporary crown on wisdom tooth gum cause swelling before removal?

Depends: Depends on how carefully the temporary was made. Properly made temporary crowns shouldn't cause swelling. You should see your dentist - there might be a problem with the nerve in the tooth. ...Read more

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Retainers caused severe gum recession on eye teeth?

Retainers caused severe gum recession on eye teeth?

Probably not: Recession of gingival tissues in the eye teeth area is most commonly found with agressive tooth brushing habit and/or using a too hard bristled toothbrush. Only if the retainer impinges upon these soft tissues could it be blamed for the recession. ...Read more

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Paraesthesia - impacted wisdom tooth extraction?

Paraesthesia - impacted wisdom tooth extraction?

Possible: A possible risk. If this has happened to you, see an oral surgeon ASAP. If you have not had surgery yet, done best by an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Teeth rotting out under permanent retainer...Help?

Teeth rotting out under permanent retainer...Help?

See your dentist: The sooner you get treatment the better chance you have of saving your teeth. ...Read more

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How many separate/connected bony buccal walls surround molar tooth #2? Wisdom tooth missing since childhood. Thank-you.

1: Tooth surrounded by 4 walls of bone. 1 on cheek side (buccal), 1 on tongue side (lingual), 1 in front (medial) and 1 in back (distal). Bone surrounding tooth can be damaged by tooth abscess, gum disease, or trauma of malocclusion. ...Read more

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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more