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A 35-year-old member asked:

how long willit take for the numbing medicine to wear off after a tooth filling?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Generally: 2-3 hours depending on the medication used and your metabolism (the faster you pump it through your system the faster the liver can break it down).
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Varies: Local anesthesia for dental procedures varies widely and depends on the preference of your dentist. Numbness from local anesthesia can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 8 hours, depending on the drug used.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Variable: Depends on where it was placed and what type used and what type of injection. There is local or block placement. Block anesthesia most common for lower back teeth. This may take up to 3 hours to wear off. There are short acting (30 mins) and long acting (6hrs) anesthetics available. Most common -- 45mins - 2 hrs. Careful not to drool or bite your cheek !

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The gums above my two front teeth are swollen and I need them to go back to normal within 72 hours what do I do?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a dry socket post wisdom tooth removal to close?

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Dr. Jake Richards
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Totally Close?: Could take a month or more to fully close but to have the pain go away could be from 4-14 days +/-. It really depends on the anatomy of the area after the surgery.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is using a toothpick bad for my teeth?

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
Depends: Toothpicks can be a valuable aid in removing plaque from teeth surfaces. If not used carefully, parts can break off and lodge between teeth or form splinters that stick into the gums.Repeated use can cause undesired spacing due toa orthodontic forces placed on the teeth.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you lose your teeth because of aids?

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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 29 years experience
Losing teeth/AIDs: Treating people with HIV and aids has come along way. Anyone who has a compromised immune system can have challenges with keeping their teeth. It is very important to stay on top of your oral hygiene as your immune system may struggle to fight the bacteria in your mouth. Furthermore, some of the medications to treat hiv/aids may cause dry mouth, which can lead to rampant decay and tooth loss.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How many different types of teeth do we have?

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Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 48 years experience
Four: Incisors, cuspids, bicuspids and molars.

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