How to you fix a dental cavity?

Steps. The first thing we do is numb the tooth up. We then have to remove the infected/decayed part of the tooth which is done with a handpiece (drill), we then disinfect the cavity, and if doing a white (composite) filling apply a bond, place the white filling or amalgam (metal) filling, sculpt it and light cure it (the light causes the white filling to harden). We then adjust your bite.
Dentist. See your dentist for a restoration. They will numb you, then remove the decay and unsupported tooth structure and then restore (fill) the tooth with either amalgam or a resin composite most likely.
Filling. A cavity is prepared and debrided of all decay, then some med may be place prior to filling material, then filling material placed, trimmed (bite adjusted) and polished. There are numerous types of filling materials and medications used. If cavity is severe, you may need a crown (and possible a root canal).

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Dental cavity crown-re;ated?

Possibly. Large cavities can lead to excessive loss of tooth structure requiring crowns. Even good crowns fail after many years, there is wear and tear in the mouth. Poorly fitted crowns can attract plaque and bacteria leading to decay. Read more...
A cavity begins it. All cavities start small... 1 surface of decay. The cavity spreads which results in 2 surfaces of decay. If left untreated the decay continues to spread & becomes a 3 surface cavity. Then it moves on to a 4 surface cavity. It becomes too large to fill the decayed area & a crown is needed. Deep cavities also can lead to root canals. Best to treat the 1 surface cavity & avoid crowns & root canals. Read more...
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...
Possible. It is very possible for a tooth which has been crowned to decay on the tooth structure below the crown. Read more...
This is unlikely. Crowns (which usually cover all the visible tooth) will give you better protection from decay on that tooth. If your oral hygiene is inadequate (improper flossing and brushing) decay can occur below the crown margin below the gum line. It is not uncommon to find decay on teeth adjacent to the crown again if oral hygiene is not adequate. Read more...

How common is having a dental cavity?

It depends . Much depends on where you live, if you drink from a water supply that has fluoride, if your brush with Fluoride toothpaste, your genetic, and dietary factors. Read more...
Very common. Dental cavities are very common. They are caused by bacteria in the mouth which collects on the teeth in the form of plaque. If the plaque is not removed daily the plaque gives off acid which eats away at the enamel of the tooth resulting in a cavity. If not treated early the cavity continues to destroy healthy tooth structure. Read more...
Very common. Dental decay is one of the most common diseases among human beings and also one of the most preventable! proper personal hygiene, timely professional care with early detection and the correct diet are part of the solution. Unfortunately, ignorance, fear, poverty, and misplaced priorities have allowed dental decay to be at epidemic proportions! Read more...

Can a dental cavity ever heal itself?

No. Teeth loose their minerals and turn from enamel colored to white, then brown , then black and a cavity ( hole in the tooth)is formed. You can interupt the dimineraliztion process by applying flouride and preventing the tooth from progressing past the white or brown demineraztion stage. Read more...
No, but... Xylitol products such as epic gum and xylident can help to stop the progression of decay in amounts of 6-8 gms a day. Please view this website for more information of how it works. http://www.epicdental.com/t-xylitol-everything-you-need-to-know.aspx. Read more...

Will I be able to tell if I have a dental cavity?

Possibly. Most cavities form in-between your teeth and in areas that are not easily seen until they are really big. The same goes for sensitivity. In other words, by the time your tooth is sensitive or hurts, the cavities are usually big. That is why it is so important to see your dentist for routine check-ups, generally every 6 months. They can see many visually, or if not with x-rays. Read more...
Maybe. A really big hole in your tooth is pretty obvious.. You don't need a dental degree to tell that the tooth has decay. Most other lesions are hard to detect without the proper instruments and radiographs.. That's what dentists are trained to do. Read more...

Don't want my child to get even one dental cavity. Help please?

Diligence. There are no certainties, but make sure you brush and gloss their teeth every day. Avoid sweets, including juice. No bottles in the bed. If your area has Fluoride in the water, no supplements are necessary, but if not, make sure you supplement. Read more...
Goof home care. The best way to help your child is to have good home care. Brushing and flossing 2x per day. Watch diet. Sugary foods and drinks should be kept to a minimum. Have your child checked regularly by a dentist. He may recommend Fluoride treatments. He may also recommend sealants for the permanent teeth as they erupt. Read more...
Good oral hygeine. Instill in your child good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing twice a day. They should eat healthy snacks and avoid sugary candies. Sugarless gum it ok. I don't know if the water is fluoridated in your area, if it is great. If not, get Fluoride suppliments. Of course, doin g allof the right things helps but it is no guarantee your child will be cavity free. Genetics also plays a big role. Read more...
Xylitol. That is a great goal! start with a balanced diet. Regularly, at least once a day, clean the mouth. Before teeth erupt and when still just a few well spaced use a cloth. Up to age 6 for brushing and 8 for floss and adult needs to supervise and finish the oral hygiene. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that can reduce the number of cavity causing bacteria and increase the number of harmless bacteria. Read more...
Great Goal!!! . I admire your goal! a big one, considering the foods & drinks children are exposed to. The question my assistants ask patients... If you were given a rolls royce for free, would you be willing to take great care of it. Wash it --- wax it --- change the oil 2 times per year & keep it in great shape? She then explains that genuine teeth are that valuable & we only get one gift of adult teeth. Read more...
Born-the right time. Modern dentistry has the best prevention available. However, parental education is also important. Knowing how to take care of your child's teeth before they are unable to themselves is the key. Bring your child to the pediatric dentist at age 1 (or first tooth) so that you can be educated with the dos and don'ts. Proper Fluoride dosing and sealants are important as well good hygiene and diet. Read more...

How does one know if they have a dental cavity or carry. Looked up wikipedia?

To be. Sure, you mest see a dentist...To know and not have treatment will not benefit you much. Read more...
DENTIST. If real concern about cavities, it's essential to have x rays taken by a dentist. Read more...
Not "carry" It's "caries, " the dental jargon for cavity. It's an infection, a hole in a tooth caused by bacteria. How do you find out if you have a cavity? See a pro. A dentist has at least 8 years of education beyond high school just to be able to answer this question. As far as i know wikipedia does not hold a diploma from a dental school. Call a dentist before the infected tooth abscesses. Read more...

Can you cure a dental cavity without filling it?

Dental cavities. Once you vave the cavities there is no alternative medicine two cure the cavities.There is no doubt that all the preventive measures, cutting sugars and carbs, brushing and flossing and fruoride treatment will prevent the formation of the cavities.But once you have real cavities these need to be filled. Read more...
No. Once a tooth has decay, it has to be reomoved and restored. Read more...