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Pit Caries

Pits and fissure caries occur on the biting surface of the posterior teeth causing damage to the enamel. A pit is a tiny depression present on the tooth's surface, and fissures are grooves that occur on the tooth's biting surface. It often appears on the occlusal surface of posterior teeth and the palatal surface of anterior teeth. Taking frequent snacks and drinking sugary drinks are the causes. It is treated by placing fluoride toothpaste on small cavities. A tooth filling is placed when it reaches the dentin.

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My teeth still pain after a fluoride varnish. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I had gone to a dentist. He applied fluoride varnish paste on my teeth saying that the cavities are very small. But my teeth are still paining. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Subha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Dental varnish contains fluoride which is anticarious and hence prevents the progression of tooth decay. Pit caries are very minute and very minimal cavities that are superficially present on the teeth. Pit caries does not require fillings because to do the filling,...  Read Full »

Do painless brown, and black spots on teeth indicate tooth decay?

Query: Hi doctor,Two days ago I saw a brown spot on my lower back tooth so I decided to check the rest of my teeth and I have got black marks in the corners of my mouth on the surface of my tooth. The left top side is worse as I have not been having any toothaches or pain so I am worried that it might be s...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the attachment (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and understand your concern. Basically, by looking at the picture, I have two types of opinion, the confirmation of which either you can say by symptoms or the dentist by using an explorer inst...  Read Full »

What does black discoloration with a hole on the surface of the tooth indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I have black discoloration on the surface of a molar. It feels like a hole when I check with my tongue. Do I need a filling? How soon should it be treated? It is hard to get an appointment due to COVID. Please guide me.  Read Full »

Dr. Shreehari. K. Unnikrishnan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A hole signifies that you have got caries. You might have food lodgement at the site too. I would suggest you get an X-ray to determine the extent of caries involved, and I will decide whether you need the treatment or not for the time being. Could you please get bac...  Read Full »

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