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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. Heidi Fowler
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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 have a small cavity and i'm about to get it filled. What can I expect?

Some discomfort: Really small fillings can be corrected with an air abrasion system, that does not require your being numb. If the decay is more extensive you will probably have to get the area numbed up to remain comfortable. ...Read more

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What can I do to a cavity in my front tooth until i see the dentist?

What can I do to a cavity in my front tooth until i see the dentist?

Temporary filling: You can find kits in the drugstore that usually consist of a powder and liquid intended to be a self-service temporary filling. Mix it up and apply it to the hole but get to the dentist asap as the longer you wait to get it fixed, the more involved the definitive repair will be. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a lot of cavities in left and right molars can my teetth be saved?

What to do if I have a lot of cavities in left and right molars can my teetth be saved?

Evaluated: You need to be evaluated by a local dentist who can actually see you and treat you. Can't possibly tell you over the internet, sight unseen, if your teeth can be saved. Call for an appointment. ...Read more

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What can I use to brush the back of my teeth if I have a small mouth?

What can I use to brush the back of my teeth if I have a small mouth?

A smaller brush: Often a smaller brush will help. You can even get one called an "end tufted" brush with bristles only on the end. Another trick is to put your brush in your mouth and then close almost all the way and slide your jaw to the side you are cleaning. This creates alot more room than if you stretch your mouth wide open. Try it ! good luck. ...Read more

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I have a cavity in my lateral incisor I believe. I'm wondering what a dentist might to to fix it and a corner of the tooth fell out. What might happen?

Needs evaluation: It is so hard to say how deep that cavity is without seeing the tooth and a radiograph. The fix may be as simple as a bonded white filling, or as complex as root canal therapy, a post, and a crown. One thing's for sure... the sooner you have it treated the less invasive the procedure will be. Please call for an appointment. ...Read more

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About a week ago, a small clear bubble formed in my upper lip and I'm wondering what I can do to remove it and what it is?

About a week ago, a small clear bubble formed in my upper lip and I'm wondering what I can do to remove it and what it is?

Evaluation: You most probably will need an evaluation by your primary physician or dermatologist in order to know for sure what is going on if the lesion persists. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Im embarrass to go to the dentist because I have two big cavities in front on my teeth what will the dr do can I get a filling?

Stop and Think: What is more embarrassing? Showing the dentist your situation, or keep showing your friends your bad smile situation. Remember that the dentist can help your appearance in front of your friends - so get the treatment to not be embarrassed in front of your friends that you see daily. ...Read more

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Hole in my tooth I have a hole in my tooth the 2nd one from the back and it feels like the hole is almost covering half my tooth what should I do should I just get it extracted the way i want to or let a dentist save it?

This : This is a decision to be made between you and your dentist. I would recommend that you discuss **prognosis**. As an example: "if i save my tooth, what is its 10 year prognosis?" this is asking what the likelihood of failure is over a certain time period. If he says that after saving the tooth and doing your root canal, crown lengthening and crown procedures the tooth has a *poor* 10 year prognosis then you have information to compare other treatments and costs to. Removing a tooth typically gives you four follow-up options: 1) do nothing - leave a space, 2) a removable option like a denture, 3) a bridge, 4) an implant. These options potentially have a different or better prognosis. All carry unique risks, benefits and costs. Compare your options taking into account prognosis and cost of the options. These are hard decisions but together you and your dentist can figure out what’s the best for you. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do at home to stop tooth decay? I can feel what feels like a slight hole in the side of one of my teeth, which i think is a cavity. I don't have dental insurance, and really don't have the money to see a dentist. Is there anything

Is there anything i can do at home to stop tooth decay? I can feel what feels like a slight hole in the side of one of my teeth, which i think is a cavity. I don't have dental insurance, and really don't have the money to see a dentist. Is there anything

Free Clinic?: Cavities don't repair themselves and require dental professional attention! i understand your financial dilemma, so you may want to seek out a free or subsidized dental clinic or possibly a dental training facility, where you'd get the care you need at a reduced fee or even at no cost. ...Read more

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I have a large cavity in my wisdom tooth on the upper right side. I would like to get braces. What happens if I do not remove the wisdom tooth?

I have a large cavity in my wisdom tooth on the upper right side.  I would like to get braces.  What happens if I do not remove the wisdom tooth?

Infection and pain: The large cavity on the wisdom tooth will eventually lead to pain and infection. I highly recommend that you have this tooth looked at by your dentist. The tooth probably will need to be removed or sometimes a filling can be placed. ...Read more

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What can I do with a front tooth cavity?

I would not try to: Handle the cavity yourself. This is better left to a dentist. Please see your dentist to learn which options would be best tailored for you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about an abcess popped in the roof of my mouth. Will i be dangered?

Can you tell me about an abcess popped in the roof of my mouth. Will i be dangered?

Mouth abscess: All mouth abscesses need a DX and Treatment plan. Get Them. with out delay. At the ER or your DDS. ...Read more

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I have a hole in the roof of my mouth. I have a Denture piece so I can eat, drink and talk is there any surgery or something more permanent I can do t?

I have a hole in the roof of my mouth. I have a Denture piece so I can eat, drink and talk is there any surgery or something more permanent I can do t?

See an oral surgeon: You may want to consult with an oral surgeon, depending on the cause, the nature and the size of the hole and available tissue ( soft and hard) in your palate, some kind of grafting may be possible. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a hole in my tooth to my root, what can I do for a shot period of time until i can go to the dentist?

Please help! I have a hole in my tooth to my root, what can I do for a shot period of time until i can go to the dentist?

Not much: There is really very little you can do at home to stop the decay process. Keep the area clean to avoid food impaction, and get to the dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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What can I do about a busted molar?

What can I do about a busted molar?

Core and crown: Depending on how badly the molar is busted, it can either be fixed by a filling which can be metal (amalgam) or composite (white), or it may need a core buildup ( fillings that acts as a foundation) and then a crown (cap). ...Read more

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