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Tooth Cavity

Tooth cavity or tooth decay or caries is when a tooth gets permanently damaged due to bacteria, frequent snacking, and consuming sugary foods. The symptoms of tooth cavity are tooth pain, sensitive tooth, black or frosted white spots on the teeth, and pain on biting.

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Should I go for an RCT or extraction in case of a deep cavity?

Query: Hello doctor, My molar tooth has a deep cavity. It has no pain, but the doctor said the infection is too deep, reaching the bone area. He told me about the RCT process of four sittings. I want to ask, should I go for RCT or tooth extraction in this condition? What should I do if the infection is too...  Read Full »

Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As your dentist said, the cavity is too deep; one thing is a normal filling cannot be done since a deep cavity has to be cleaned, and then a filling has to be done; in that case, there are chances that the pulp chamber may get exposed then you may have pain. There are ...  Read Full »

Can I undergo orthodontic treatment despite having cavities?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old female who has multiple cavities in my teeth. I filled seven cavities a few years ago. Now I have more than ten cavities. I am extremely anxious about it. Also, I need to put braces on my teeth. Is there possible to put braces while I have cavities? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubham Shekhar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. You can get braces while you still have cavities (if they are small). But it is always better to get it filled before starting the orthodontic treatment because the cavities will become bigger and might cause pain lat...  Read Full »

During the dental visit, I had severe pain during the treatment for a fractured tooth due to a cavity. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a cavity last week, which caused my lower left tooth #20 to break. The gap between my two front teeth is on the side that faces my mouth's back. I visited the dentist today. Most of the drilling went smoothly, but about 3/4 of the way through, one decay she was trying to drill off...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I assume you mean local anesthesia when you say "freezing." Is it not? Otherwise, she will need to drill farther to reach the nerve. Usually, one or two shots of the anesthetic will produce excellent anesthesia. She m...  Read Full »

How to manage my decayed tooth with chronic pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old with a height of 160 cm and a weight of 70 kg. I have a hole in my tooth that has been there for almost two to three years. I had taken Ibuprofen and Prednisolone in the past, which subsided my pain. But now, the pain is consistent, and it has become severe. What to do? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Firstly, you must get treated with a filling for the hole in your tooth. Since you have pain, I suggest you to take an intra-oral radiograph and do a root canal treatment for the tooth. Only then your pain will ...  Read Full »

I am advised RCT for a painless tooth. Should I proceed?

Query: Hello doctor,Does the upper third molar need a root canal? I have no pain or symptom but was advised to undergo root canal treatment.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to Thank you for your query. I have gone through the radiographs. The X-rays are not clear. Can you please send the X-ray involving the concerned tooth. The cavity seems deep and possibly involves the pulp horn (projecting or pin-point radiolucent area, which is a...  Read Full »

Is there a way to treat my cavity without visiting a dentist?

Query: Hi doctor,Today I came to know that there is a cavity in my last molar teeth. There is a pain in that area. Earlier I thought that it is because of new molar teeth coming out, but today I came to know about the cavity. I am afraid of needles, drilling and other stuff in dentistry. Please suggest som...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to, there is no some magic cure for the cavities They cannot be cleaned and then refilled by themselves or through home remedies. You should take an appointment at earliest to your dentist and talk to him about your fear. He will deal it politely, you should not ...  Read Full »

My dentist cleaned a dark spot but did not fill. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I just went to the dentist, and it turned out that I have had two black spots on my teeth. These have been there for eight years. They cleaned my teeth to stop it from spreading but did not fill it in. So I still have the black spots. They said if they fill it now, it will only get wor...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Pandey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. You have not sent a picture with the question. In most cases, the dentist cleans the cavity and fills it immediately. And this is the universal method of cavity filling. I do not understand why your dentist refuses to f...  Read Full »

All my teeth have cavities and I am ashamed to smile. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have big issues with getting cavities. I take good care of my teeth, never had any soda in almost four years. I keep getting cavities in the bottom of my front and back teeth. Almost all my teeth have cavities. I really want to get them fixed but I have always been embarrassed to go to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have enamel hypoplasia which is a sort of defect when the teeth were forming or genetic. You can ask your dentist to give crowns to all teeth which have such large broken cavities. Else, you...  Read Full »

Can I fix hole in bottom tooth without going to the dentist?

Query: Hello doctor,My bottom tooth has a kind of a hole at the gum line. I do not know. When I breathe in, it feels cold like the air went in my tooth. It just does not seem or feel normal. Also, on my upper front tooth, I have some kind of deep line. Example like when you make a line in the sand and it f...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your history, you are having class 5 dental cavity in the lower tooth. You need to do filling (restoration) of the tooth as soon as possible. If you do not take measures at this time you may need RCT (root canal treatment) which will be 10 to 20 expensive and not...  Read Full »

What are the symptoms of tooth infection?

Query: Hello doctor,What are the symptoms to watch for when you have a tooth infection? I need two root canals and have four cavities.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Cavities might not be symptomatic in many cases apart from mild to moderate sensitivity. The same cavities if left in place for a longer duration without treatment, then it would go deeper or wider causing trouble. You can expect pain on a particular tooth or generalized ...  Read Full »

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