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how long does it take for a cavity to reach the pulp of a tooth

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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
47 years experience Dentistry
Depends: Decay advances because bacteria are given a food source that allows rapid reproducing, excretion of demineralizing acids often insulated from neutra ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Dental caries: Progress at a rate dependent upon what one eats and how well one keeps their teeth clean. Each tooth has different contours and there are different th ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
Depends: On how good or bad your hygiene is, how much sugar you ingest and your ability to keep the hole clean. See your dentist asap.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
Depends on : Size however generally less than 1 hour.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
Varies: Usually if a tooth has become infected in the nerve canal, then it is hard to place a time frame on when the tooth will "die." some teeth actually di ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Varies widely: No set time frame can be given. In general, dental restorations last about 10 years. Depending on the size of the filling, its location, and how well ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
23 years experience Dentistry
Why are you waiting?: An acute infection from a tooth into the parapharyngeal airspaces or into the cavernous sinus is a direct pathway to the brain, and airways. If this ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
No set time frame: No one can predict how long it would take for a dental infection to overwhelm your immune system and cause your demise. Although death from a dental i ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
About 45 minutes: If you go to dentist he will able to have done in about 45 minutes.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Varies: Depends on the age of the patient and the location of the secondary tooth. There is no definitive answer. Ask the dentist who will be extracting the b ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
49 years experience Dentistry
It may not spread.: Oral infections (bacterial) tend to become self-limiting in time. They will tend to establish drainage after a while and that limits their tendency to ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Davant
48 years experience Family Medicine
Hopefully forever: Sinus infections seldom if ever spread to the brain, .
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Complexity: First the dentist has to remove all of the damaged parts of the tooth, then choose the appropriate restorative material and place it. The bigger and ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Lavigne
43 years experience Dentistry
Varies: Pulp (nerve and vessels) can die soon after tooth injury or slowly over several years due to an advancing cavity or crack. A dead nerve is not a good ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Infections spread: Technically? A minute or two if the infection gets into the bloodstream. The chance of that is very unlikely, but since it is possible, it justifies s ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jamielynn Hanam-jahr
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
It depends.: If the condition is being treated by your dentist, a few weeks. If you are not being treated with any medication or dental care, it may take longer o ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Ritota
8 years experience Dentistry
Teeth develope: From early childhood., but wisdom teeth usually grow in during the teenage years. Usually in by 15-18 but can vary.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debi Williams
25 years experience Dentistry
Depends : Baby teeth usually decay very quickly. An adult tooth can take longer depending upon where the decay is located. If the cavity is in the chewing gro ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Smith
39 years experience Dentistry
It varies: A dental abscess can develop very rapidly but in other cases may take days to weeks to even years before an abscess is noticed. Regular dental exams ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience Pediatrics
Why?: Some cases of agenesis of corpus callosum are totally asymptomatic and have very normal life spans.
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
2-3 days: Antibiotics usually start working in 24 to 36 hours, however when the infection is in a tooth or jaw (bone) it takes longer merely because the blood s ... Read More
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