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I went to the dentist today and I have a cavity.  I'm mildly freaked out by that, mostly because it's the first cavity I've ever had (and yes I realize that any sympathy I might have gotten from some of you just went away).  So I get to go in next week for a filling which I am not so much excited about.  Ah well...

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Google "apicoectomy". Look at some pretty pictures of what that means. I had one in February. Wanna trade?

Yeah, so STFU (and I say that with love!)

I'm fully aware my one cavity is piddling compared to what many people have dealt with it's just weird. I've never heard the dentist say cavity before.

Yeah, I'm mildly freaked out too because at my last dentist's appointment, she said I had, like, a proto-cavity. It's some sort of black spot. Maybe it will fix itself. I don't want a cavity!

I hate to tell you, but this is in a spot they had commented on for a few years as being a bit discolored. Hopefully there is still time for you to reverse it!

She's got me on antibacterial rinse every night to stave off my proto-gum disease, so I hope that helps.

They didn't put me on anything, so hopefully your rinse does the trick.

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Thanks for the tips. It's weird to have no experience at this at all.

Finally I could tell the hygienist that I floss regularly, but apparently I don't floss good enough either, at least not on the bottom, my gums were all bleedy when she was done. sigh.

A cavity? Your one and only cavity? I'm really tryin' to work up a little sympathy but it just ain't comin'. lol... ;-)

Seriously though... if you have a half-way decent dentist, you'll be in and out and the pain will be minimal. Good luck!!!

I know, I know. I've had a root canal, and my wisdom teeth out and root planing so it's not like the dentist has always been sweetness and light for me. This is just new.

I'm not overly worried about it, and like my dentist so hopefully it'll be quick.

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Root planing: they numb your mouth and scrape any tartar, etc off the root of your tooth below the gum line. I've had it done twice about a decade apart.

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Pretty much. Push back the cuticle and then scrape with metal tools everything they can reach.

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I think I'm special - whee. They only do it if your gums have pulled away from your teeth far enough (periodontal pockets of 4 and 5) to put you at greater risk for gum disease. Once everything is clean the gums can re-attach to the teeth more fully, or at least that's the theory.

Cavities suck.

One thing to watch for, is to make sure that your mouth is frozen before they start to drill. My nerves are high/ in a slightly different spot then they expected, so they always had to poke me a couple of times to get my mouth frozen.

I'm not sure if they can see nerves on the X-ray or not. You should ask.

Thanks for the advice - they had to double numb me to take out my wisdom teeth which I should bring up.

I don't know if they can see the nerves on x-rays or not, but she expressed some concern that while the cavity is very small on the surface from the x-ray it looks like it may run narrow and deep. I'm hoping she's wrong and this will be quick.

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