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Etymology: L, cavus, hollow
to rapidly form and collapse vapor pockets or bubbles in a flowing fluid with low-pressure areas, often causing damage to surrounding structures.


To form cavities in an organ or tissue.


formation of cavities.

Patient discussion about cavitate

Q. What are the effects of alcoholism on the oral cavity? I have to make a presentation on this topic, and I would like to know what are the main pathological effects of chronic alcoholism on the oral cavity, I know that it is a carcinogen, but it mainly acts as a promoter, is there any cancer that is caused by alcohol abuse?

A. alcohol can interact harmfully with several medications commonly used in dental treatment. Alcohol intensifies the depressant effect of barbituates and tranquilizers creating a higher risk of deep sedation and unconsciousness. Following treatment, the ability to drive may be impaired. Medications used to control high blood pressure and angina have a dilating effect on the blood vessels which is intensified by alcohol.

The result is a higher likelihood of low blood pressure and fainting. Even the action of aspirin is intensified by alcohol, causing excessive bleeding by disrupting clot formation

Q. what happens if a dentist fills a cavity with some caries left on the tooth? the cavity was deep ,close to the nerve. Didn’t make nerve exposure.?

A. If it wasn’t removed properly – you will have what they call – “recurrent cries”. It’ll continue growing without you seeing it until you’ll come back to the dentist again because of the pain. I suggest you’ll save the pain part and go now.

Q. what happens if a dentist fills a cavity with some caries left on the tooth? the cavity was deep ,close to the nerve. Didn’t make nerve exposure.?

A. If that is so, then you will need to have him remove all the decay, the refill. If it is too close to the nerves then they may have to do a root canal. That means take out the filling, the tooth pulp and fill it up.

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The model predicts that as stress is applied to a toughened polymer, the large particles will cavitate easily.
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In rubber-toughened polymer material, the dispersed soft rubber phases are likely to cavitate and/or debond on the application of a load.
Flow characteristics also vary but most coating mixes are generally semifree-flowing, inclining to pack, cake, smear, bridge or cavitate.
Pumps that cavitate are much less efficient and wear out faster.
SonoLysis, a unique clot dissolving treatment, uses ultrasound to cavitate gas-filled nanobubbles (smaller than one micron in size) to dissolve clots.
Carter Mathies, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "After setting casing at a depth of 2,246 feet to the top of the Permian coals, we rigged up air compression equipment and commenced injection to cavitate the coals.
A high degree of crosslinking of the rubber phase can reduce the ability of the rubber particles to cavitate.
One explanation is that large domains tend to span two crack surfaces, whereas small domains cavitate in a process zone in the vicinity of the crack tips.