Do I Have A Cavity Between My Teeth?

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I am a teenager and I have had a lot of pain in between two of my pre-molars on the bottom. Food seems to get stuck in it all the time and when it does I can't chew on that side of my mouth. It hurts so much even when there isn't food in between, and I am wondering if I have a cavity in between my teeth. Is this possible? How is it treated? I have never had a filling before and I am scared this could be really complicated. Would braces help? I just really want to know if this is bad. Thanks.

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    hi minnie. does your mom or dad take you to the dentist?  it doesnt sound like a cavity. it soiunds like what you said, food is stuck in there.  even a wee little piece can cause a lot of pain. the very best thing i like to use is a water flosser.  have you tried flossing? you also might want to just get a glass of water and take a gulp and swirl it around your mouth over and over....that might get it out.  now, there is a chance you could have a cavity but they arent usually between the teeth as a teenager. the only other thing you can do is go to the dentist. good luck.
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      Thanks for replying,

      When I flossed it hurt so much so I couldn't get the food out. When it came out by itself (with some blood) I had a couple of days where it was ok and then more got stuck! I am due an appointment at the dentist so I will go soon, it just hurts so much and I don't want anything to hurt- I've never had a filling before and a filling sounds really sore and complicated if it is between the teeth. How is a filling between the teeth done? Does it involve alot of drilling? I have a bad feeling that it is something serious. Also, would braces improve the situation? I have been to the orthodontist and they said it was my choice whether to get them or not.

      Thanks again,

      Minnie

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      no no no, its not serious.  if you do....IF.... they give you a little shot of novacaine in that jaw,,,,feels like a pinch...i dont like it either..but that is the worst.  then it sets in and if he drills you will not feel anything except pressure from him moving your mouth open .  the thing that bothers me here is the sound!!!! oh gawd, i cant stand that sound...but NO PAIN. when he is through drilling. (which probably took all of 2minutes unless its a crater..) he will put a filling in it.  if you can afford it, you want a white filling....silver fillings are bad for you but i think you have to tell them. all you feel is him pushing the stuff in the hole.  then they put an instrument in your mouth and hold it for a minute....it 'cures' the filling. and then you are all done.  now, you might not even have a cavity. but it sounds like food is getting in that pocket for some reason and i dont know why. im sorry im thinking you are young....you might be older.  but when we get older our gums do start to get away from the tooth and thats a pocket. you got blood b/c you probably flossed too hard.  try a toothpic. chew on the other side til dentist.  i hope ive taken away some of your fears.

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