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Deep Cavity Filling Pain
Remove the tooth?: You can always choose to extract the tooth, but then you have the need to replace it. There is no good way to restore the tooth without a restoration. The problem will not go away unless you get it fixed, so you might as well call you dentist and the sooner the better. ...Read more
Is it possible to request a deep cavity filling without being numbed. I know it use to be done years ago. I have lower molars with deep cavities.?
Molars: Did you ever have severe pain in any of your lower molars? If not, it is still viable to protect your teeth with fillings. If decay is sitting close to the pulp or nerve (a good x-ray will be a good diagnostic tool), you rather have the area anesthetized so you won't have to feel pain during the procedure unless the decay is far from the pulp. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, restorative fillings can be redone. The old filling is drilled out and new one is placed. In some cases, the existing filling, specifically composite fillings, if fractured can be repaired instead of being redone. ...Read more
Not if you are numb: If your tooth is numbed up with a local anesthetic, there is nothing to feel. Some small fillings do not require local anesthesia. Everyone has different pain thresholds. Often, "sweet air" alone is sufficient to negate the need for local anesthesia. Discuss this issue with your own dentist. ...Read more
Not at all: With local anesthetics, dental treatment pain is the stuff of mythology and hysteria--if and only if you don't wait until dental disease is a full blown infection. In some advanced, abscess cases, anesthetic doesn't work 100%. In those cases, i'll prescribe antibiotics and home care remedies until infection subsides and then provide therapy. Much more confortable for both of us! ...Read more
By being replaced: If by overfilled you mean that the filling is too big and you cannot chew, the filling can be shaved down. If overfilled means you think it is too deep rendering the tooth too sensitive the only solution is removal of the nerve of the tooth, usually done with root canal therapy. ...Read more
Not uncommon: Slight sensitivity following a filling is not uncommon. Your own dentist should have given you some guidance in this area. If not, or this is severe or doesn't subside shortly, call your dentist for advice as to what to expect before coming in for an evaluation. ...Read more
A cavity, by definition:
1. A hollow; a hole.
2. A hollow area within the body: a sinus cavity.
3. A pitted area in a tooth caused by caries.
A filling (dental restoration) is place into a cleaned out tooth cavity to protect the tooth from further decay and to restore the tooth to proper form and function. ...Read more
Silver and white: Amalgam (silver) fillings have been the standard for many, many, years, and have performed well. Composite fillings, if done right, will also perform well and look much more natural in the mouth. There are other less used fillings, such as glass ionomer, that have their place in dentistry also. All fillings have their unique pros and cons. ...Read more
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 you brush and take care of it, it can last a whole lot longer. In some instances, it can have problems much sooner. ...Read more
Go to: Go and schedule a consult with a a dentist. ...Read more
Composite fillings: See a dentist who can examine your tooth and then either tell you or give you a range before starting treatment. The range is wide! Based upon so many factors that won't even fit into the space given us her in this little box. #/surfaces? Geographic location? Front\back tooth? Overhead costs? Type of practice? Look for expertise of dentist and quality of care rather than cost. It's less expensive. ...Read more
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See a dentist: A lost filling is not an emergency. But, it can be painful because the exposed tooth is often sensitive to cold, hot or sweet. See your dentist for an examination, x-ray and treatment. ...Read more
An infected nerve: Many times a properly done filling that seals the tooth completely properly actually seals in a dead or dying nerve. After a period of time this dying nerve which is inflamed and tries to expand goes in the path of least resistance which is down the root to the jaw. This pain seems like a "cavity hurting after a year". Usually it is indicative of the need for root canal therapy. ...Read more
Cavities: You can use whatever you want at home to fill the cavity. Bubble gum, wax, plaster of paris. However, none of these will stop the decay, repair the decay, solve the problem. You need to see a dentist for this. I hope you realize I was just being sarcastic. There are otc repair kits at most pharmacies- however, this is just a temporary fix and I find patients do more harm than good with these kits. ...Read more
Up to 24 hours: You may have some minor discomfort. Severe pain or longer lasting pain should prompt a call to your dentist. ...Read more
Usually not: When a filling does not set properly, is overshaped or undershaped parts of it can flake off. Make sure that the bite is right and if any sensitivity develops see your dentist immediately. ...Read more
No: If properly filled, properly smoothed & polished, the filling should not flake off. Sometimes, some of the bonding or adhesive may flake off though. The best way to assess the area is with your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. If a large area of the filling broke off & feels rough immediately after it was placed, then the filling may be broken & may need to be assessed or repaired though. ...Read more
White silver or:
The white fillings would be a composite material, the silver is amalgam and you could even get a ceramic material to replace a filling. It all depends on which material the dentist uses and the size the filling is going to be. ...Read more
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