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Children and cavities? Our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. We've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but I guess it happened anyway. What i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

The . The procedures are basically the same with a bit more nurturing with kids. The level of maturity and cooperation will determine if a child needs a specialist (pedodontist) and/or sedation. Read more...
Depending . Depending upon the size of the filling it is probably as simple as a little bit of local anesthetic, just like you would do for an adult, remove the decay and place the filling. Most 5 year olds' do just fine with this and do not require any sort of sedation. If the child has a lot of teeth that need to be restored, it may be best to consider sedation and have all the teeth treated at one time. Read more...
Don't . Don't be dejected that your child has a cavity. Be proud that as a conscientious parent, you are able to provide your child with good dental health care! if the cavity is small, the procedure is similar as with adults - local anesthetic, remove decay, fill. Children, most often than not, do better than adults at the dentist's, when they are given gentle and great care. Good luck! :). Read more...
Good for you. Think of how much more of a problem you would have if your weren't such good parents. Keep up the diet control and brushing. Floss your child's teeth daily because a toothbrush only reaches about 70% of the tooth. Talk to your dentist about sealants, Fluoride supplements for the forming permanent teeth, and Fluoride treatments for the erupted baby teeth. Your child will be fine. Read more...

Silver fillings in teeth have been sensitive, does that mean cavities underneath?

Maybe? If the tooth is sensitive to sweet you have a cavity. If it is sensitive to cold your bit my be off or you are grinding your teeth. If it is hot than the nerve is infected and you may need a root canal. Read more...
Possibly. It is possible, are they new silver fillings or old? If they are old it could be cavities, or it could be simply they are breaking down and need to be replaced. If they are new, that is common side effect as the metal slightly expands and contracts with hot and cold and typically will go away after 2-3 weeks, if it doesnt the dentist may need to replace them putting a liner/base underneath. Read more...
Not necessarily. . There are many causes for sensitive teeth. See your dentist to determine the cause of the sensitivity. Read more...

My teeth are so sensitive it hurts to eat. I have no fillings or known cavities. What do I do?

Last checkup? See a dentist who can give you a one on one examination, take some x-rays and determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity. We can't do that over the internet as much as we would like to. There are other causes of tooth sensitivity other than cavities or existing fillings. Read more...
Clenching/grinding. Is it possible that you are grinding or clenching your teeth? This will often cause sensitivity. I would also not use any tarter control or whitening toothpastes as they can make the sensitivity more pronounced. Read more...
Dental Exam. What you are describing is not normal, but without a dental profession doing a comprehensive exam, imaging studies (x-rays and photos) and study models, there is no real way to give you an answer and a solution. So follow-up and seek out a dentist's help! i'm sure there is a cure for you! Read more...

I had a small surface cavity filled in between 2 of my teeth a year ago. Why do I have excruciating pain when flossing it or trying to chew on it?

Dental abscess. A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. The dentist will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. See a dentist for a treatment ASAP. Read more...
Multiple possibiliti. there can be excess filling material between the teeth, there could be too much filling on top and the bite needs to be adjusted. the amount of contact between the teeth could be so tight the floss snaps down and hits the gum causing pain. there could be a micro leak of the filling near the gum line due to a material failure. Have it checked by the dentist. Read more...

I think I have a small cavity in one of my back teeth and it doesn't hurt its just a small black shaded area if I have a small filling will it hurt?

Probably not. We are able to take care of most small cavities in the beginning with no pain or sensitivity. If you are worried, a little anesthetic will make it absolutely painless. Read more...
Painless. Fortunately, with Modern Dentistry, the filling treatment procedure, regardless molar or a front tooth, small or big is painless. Good luck. Read more...
See your dentist. See your dentist ASAP. If the area is visible to the eye, the caries may be deeper than you think. If the tooth is not bothering you presently, this does not mean that it does not need to be addressed. The anticipation may be worse than treating the area. Read more...
Cavity. Don't have it filled and it's guaranteed to hurt as the tooth becomes abscessed. If you can see it it's probably no longer small. Cavities are like icebergs, larger below the surface. Your Dentist will make sure that removing the decay and filling the tooth will be painless. Please call now. Read more...