What are "mesial" cavities?

A "mesial" cavity is an area of decay on a tooth surface, this surface being the closest to the middle of the front of your jaw. These types of cavities often occur on a part of a tooth that faces an adjacent distal tooth surface. The terms "mesial" (and "distal") are used to denote the location of a cavity in your mouth relative to the front of the jaw.

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Cavities are tiny holes in your teeth that have developed from decay. Left untreated, cavities will get larger, and can cause toothache and possible loss of teeth. Anybody can get a cavity, but you put yourself at greater risk if ...

you don't brush regularly, or frequently consume sweets or sugary drinks. Your dentist can help prevent cavities with fluoride treatments, and can find them by taking pictures (X-rays) of the teeth. Once found, the dentist may treat your cavity with a filling or if extensive, with a crown. If there has been an extensive infection, other treatments, including antibiotics or a root canal surgery may be indicated.

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