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What sort of problem is a tooth cavity?

What sort of problem is a tooth cavity?

Tooth decay: A tooth cavity is the result of bacterial action on the surface and core of a tooth. It erodes the enamel and dentum and in severe cases can infect the root and cause significant pain. It is best treated early by your dentist who can restore the tooth and protect it. If the root gets involved, a root canal treatment may necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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 sort of problem is an abscess?

What sort of problem is an abscess?

Let me explain: An abscess (latin: abscessus) is a collection of pus (dead neutrophils) that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue in which the pus resides due to an infectious process (usually caused by bacteria or parasites) or other foreign materials (e.g., splinters, bullet wounds, or injecting needles). It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent the spread of infectious materials to other. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is a dental abscess?

What kind of condition is a dental abscess?

An infection: A dental abscess is an infection. Infections are managed by antibiotics and by removing the source of the infection. As a result they can only be cured with the assistance of a dentist. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a cholesteatoma?

What sort of problem is a cholesteatoma?

Cholesteatoma: Poor function in the eustachian tube leads to negative pressure in the middle ear. This pulls a part of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) into the middle ear, creating a pocket or cyst that fills with old skin cells and other waste material (cholesteatoma). The cyst may get bigger and break down some of the middle ear bones. More at: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002045/. ...Read more

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There is a whitish thing on the gum tissue of upper jaw. Could it be dental caries?

There is a whitish thing on the gum tissue of upper jaw. Could it be dental caries?

Definitely, no: Some conditions like white lesions on your gums may require further assessment, tests and your Dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. Do not delay. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an anorectal abscess?

What sort of problem is an anorectal abscess?

Infection: An anorectal or perirectal abscess is a painful infection under the skin near the anal opening. Sometimes there can be redness and painful swelling near the anus. Antibiotics may help, and often surgery is needed to open and drain out the infection. Untreated, the infection can enlarge or spread into deeper tissues. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an abrasion?

What sort of problem is an abrasion?

Let me explain: In dermatology, an abrasion is a wound caused by superficial damage to the skin, no deeper than the epidermis. It is less severe than a laceration, and bleeding, if present, is minimal. Mild abrasions, also known as grazes or scrapes, do not scar or bleed, but deep abrasions may lead to the formation of scar tissue. A more traumatic abrasion that removes all layers of skin is called an avulsion. ...Read more

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There is a black line alongthe edge of my composite filling. Is this indicative of a problem, or is there a chance it could be benign?

There is a black line alongthe edge of my composite filling. Is this indicative of a problem, or is there a chance it could be benign?

Stain or decay: See a dentist and have the filling checked. There could be some stain that may be polished out, or it could be decay and replacement would be needed. The only way to tell is with a dental exam. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a middle ear infection?

What sort of problem is a middle ear infection?

Infection: An ear infection is when bacteria or viral bugs get into the spaces of your ear causing swelling and infection. This can affect hearing or cause pain. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a grown wosdom tooth that os roating?

What is the cause of a grown wosdom tooth that os roating?

Wisdom Tooth: If you are referring to a wisdom tooth that has erupted into your mouth and is "rotting" or decayed it is something you need to the dentist about sooner than later. The decay may be able to be restored with a filling or the tooth may need more extensive work, possibly extraction. You need to see the dentist to determine the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an aneurysm?

What sort of problem is an aneurysm?

Enlarged blood vesse: An aneurysm is an enlarged blood vessel typically created by a weakness in the wall. The pouching is generally thin and weak and prone to rupture. Think of a tire that gets bubbles in its wall before popping. They can happen anywhere, but aorta and brain are common. They have many causes, but high blood pressure and smoking are often factors. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a critical injury?

What sort of problem is a critical injury?

Broad question: A critical injury could be many things. Life-threatening like a closed head injury or a torn major blood vessel, multiple rib fractures, etc. But a critical injury may not be life threatening, but could threaten a limb or be a major detterent to quality of life - think of a bad hand injury or a spinal cord injury. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is abdominal trauma?

What sort of problem is abdominal trauma?

Internal Injuries: We differentiate abdominal injuries secondary to penetrating trauma (gun shot-, knife wounds) vs. Blunt trauma (car crashes, falls). The former almost-always requires immediate surgery whereas the latter tends to cause injuries to solid organs (liver, spleen, kidney, etc) and may often be treated non-surgically. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a dentist remove a tooth when infection is present?

Please tell me, could a dentist remove a tooth when infection is present?

Depends: Small infections are indicated for tooth extraction but large infections with facial swelling and hardness are best treated with antibiotics and drainage before extraction. Your medical history is also a factor.. ...Read more

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Patch of cobblestoney whiteness/veins near wisdom tooth. is this a symptom of a wisdom tooth about to protude out?

Patch of cobblestoney whiteness/veins near wisdom tooth. is this a symptom of a wisdom tooth about to protude out?

Needs Examination: Any lesion that has not cleared up on its own within a two week period should be examined by a dentist or physician. Please call to make an appointment. It is hard to diagnose such problems over the internet. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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