Dental cavities

Cavities are holes , or structural damage , in the teeth.See also : Early childhood caries
Toothache -- particularly after sweet , hot , or cold foods and drinks
Treatment can help prevent tooth damage from leading to cavities.Treatment may involve : FillingsCrownsRoot canalsDentists fill teeth by removing the decayed tooth material with a drill and replacing it with a material such as silver alloy , gold , porcelain , or composite resin . Porcelain and composite resin more closely match the natural tooth appearance , and may be preferred for front teeth . Many dentists consider silver amalgam -LRB- alloy -RRB- and gold to be stronger , and these materials are often used on back teeth . There is a trend to use high strength composite resin in the back teeth as well.Crowns or " caps " are used if tooth decay is extensive and there is limited tooth structure , which may cause weakened teeth . He said four of his teeth needed to come out due to cavities but when I went to a different doctor she recommended a flouride treatment until they fall off (he is 4 now). Well, many dentist offices have composite fillings that can be used for cavities instead of amalgams(silver fillings). Large fillings and weak teeth increase the risk of the tooth breaking . The decayed or weakened area is removed and repaired . A crown is fitted over the remainder of the tooth . Crowns are often made of gold , porcelain , or porcelain attached to metal.A root canal is recommended if the nerve in a tooth dies from decay or injury . The center of the tooth , including the nerve and blood vessel tissue -LRB- pulp -RRB- , is removed along with decayed portions of the tooth . The roots are filled with a sealing material . My problems started 4 mos. ago I had a root canal and crown done since I have had 2 other root canal/crowns, 2 wisdom teeth extracted plus 1 tooth, and my cavities filled. The tooth is filled , and a crown may be placed over the tooth if needed .
Tooth decay is one of the most common of all disorders , second only to the common cold . It usually occurs in children and young adults but can affect any person . It is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people.Bacteria are normally present in the mouth . The bacteria convert all foods -- especially sugar and starch -- into acids . Bacteria , acid , food debris , and saliva combine in the mouth to form a sticky substance called plaque that adheres to the teeth . It is most prominent on the back molars , just above the gum line on all teeth , and at the edges of fillings . Plaque that is not removed from the teeth mineralizes into tartar . Plaque and tartar irritate the gums , resulting in gingivitis and ultimately periodontitis.Plaque begins to build up on teeth within 20 minutes after eating -LRB- the time when most bacterial activity occurs -RRB- . If this plaque is not removed thoroughly and routinely , tooth decay will not only begin , but flourish.The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the tooth and create holes in the tooth -LRB- cavities -RRB- . Since the enamel is the external layer it is the first to break or wear off, whether due to a trauma, chewing on hard substances or bad brushing habits and most commonly by the process whereat acid is produced by bacteria on the teeth (which feed off food particles in the mouth) also known as tooth decay or cavities/caries Cavities are usually painless until they grow very large and affect nerves or cause a tooth fracture . If left untreated , a tooth abscess can develop . Untreated tooth decay also destroys the internal structures of the tooth -LRB- pulp -RRB- and ultimately causes the loss of the tooth.Carbohydrates -LRB- sugars and starches -RRB- increase the risk of tooth decay . Tooth decay is caused by sugars, starchy & acidic foods, in other words if you never consumed sugar you would never have cavities. Sticky foods are more harmful than nonsticky foods because they remain on the surface of the teeth . Frequent snacking increases the time that acids are in contact with the surface of the tooth .
Most cavities are discovered in the early stages during routine checkups . The surface of the tooth may be soft when probed with a sharp instrument . Pain may not be present until the advanced stages of tooth decay . Dental x - rays may show some cavities before they are visible to the eye .
Tests & diagnosis
Treatment often saves the tooth . Early treatment is less painful and less expensive than treatment of extensive decay.You may need numbing medicine -LRB- lidocaine -RRB- , nitrous oxide -LRB- laughing gas -RRB- , or other prescription medications to relieve pain during or after drilling or dental work.Nitrous oxide with Novocaine may be preferred if you are afraid of dental treatments . Maybe you can find a dental office that offers financing . . . as expensive as dental work is, and considering how many of us don't have dental insurance, I don't see why more dentists don't offer financing. I've had LOTS of dental work over the past few years, but just had dental Xrays, which showed no abscesses or problems.. The American Dental Association, which pushes amalgam and fluoride, has also approved of this product (along with other organizations) for the prevention of dental caries, but why isnít it being pushed for our dental health?
Oral hygiene is necessary to prevent cavities . The sealants are put on their permanant teeth to prevent cavities from happening. Good dental hygiene and regular fluoride treatments are the best ways to prevent cavities. This consists of regular professional cleaning -LRB- every 6 months -RRB- , brushing at least twice a day , and flossing at least daily . X - rays may be taken yearly to detect possible cavity development in high risk areas of the mouth.Chewy , sticky foods -LRB- such as dried fruit or candy -RRB- are best if eaten as part of a meal rather than as a snack . If possible , brush the teeth or rinse the mouth with water after eating these foods . Minimize snacking , which creates a constant supply of acid in the mouth . Avoid constant sipping of sugary drinks or frequent sucking on candy and mints.Dental sealants can prevent cavities . Sealants are thin plastic - like coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars . This coating prevents the accumulation of plaque in the deep grooves on these vulnerable surfaces . Sealants are usually applied on the teeth of children , shortly after the molars erupt . Older people may also benefit from the use of tooth sealants.Fluoride is often recommended to protect against dental caries . It has been demonstrated that people who ingest fluoride in their drinking water or by fluoride supplements have fewer dental caries . Fluoride ingested when the teeth are developing is incorporated into the structure of the enamel and protects it against the action of acids.Topical fluoride is also recommended to protect the surface of the teeth . This may include a fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash . Will a non-fluoride toothpaste protect my teeth from cavities just as well as a toothpaste that has fluoride in it? Many dentists include application of topical fluoride solutions -LRB- applied to a localized area of the teeth -RRB- as part of routine visits .
Discomfort or painFractured toothInability to bite down on toothTooth abscessTooth sensitivity
Call your dentist if you have a toothache.Make an appointment with your dentist for a routine cleaning and examination if you have not had one in the last 6 months to 1 year . the dentist then came in to check for cavities and of course I had a good amount a total of 10, 4 that have to be filled within the next 2 months

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I should also note that my most recent CT scan came back, and it showed bacteria in my maxillary and ethmoid sinus cavities.
My doctor gave me Prednisone to stop the inflammation, and to allow the antibiotic (Levaquin) to reach my sinus cavities and destroy the infection.
Infections in the sinus cavities are also difficult to treat, with antibiotics, because of the limited blood supply to the cavities.
Why I ask is that the sinus flooding seems to be effective at killing germs within the nasal passages, including the turbinates, but not too effective when it comes to killing germs in the sinus cavities
I suspect that there is something in my environment that is giving me the head symptoms -something which is causing a histamine release, leading to mucus running into my sinus cavities and into the Eustachan tubes of my ears.

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have had several root canals an implant, cavities under crowns, you name it
So has douching your nasal cavities with warm salt water.
After the gum problem is curred, Im sure that he will fill all my cavities.
Every trip to the dentist as a child would be 10 or 12 cavities and that was with brushing, flossing, flouride treatments, cleanings every 6 months, you name it.
I had several shallow cavities lasered and partical sprayed out then filled with teeth-colored enamel stuff.