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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I see an endodontist for a consult (vs. periodontist) if a fistula is a result of tooth decay at/ inside the margin of a permanent crown?
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
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