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Do You Have To Fill A Cavity
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 more complex the cavity, the longer it will take to do the work. "fillings" are not a commodity like a can of soup. It's a service. Every filling has its own challenges. So your filling will not be exactly ike the one uncle joe got. ...Read more
What will happen if I accidently swallowed alittle bit of dentech maxi strength. The stuff to fill a cavity til I get to dentist?
Low toxicity: This material has low toxicity, accidental swallowing should not affect most idividuals ...Read more
I have a painful/sore are/circle where I got a shot at to fill a cavity. Appt was 3 weeks ago. Area got better at first and is now inflamed. Solution?
Go back to Dentist: Pain and/or complications that arise after a surgical procedure can be urgent. These situations are used by the treating physician to know if their therapy worked or if another approach is needed. Please contact your dentist urgently. ...Read more
About 45 minutes: If you go to dentist he will able to have done in about 45 minutes. ...Read more
Can fillings cause discoloration on my gums? I had a silver filling used to fill a cavity, and now the gum next to it looks like it is turning bluish or something. I don't know what's going on. Should I see my dentist? .
Gingival tattoo: Sometimes in the process of doing a silver amalgam filling, small pieces of the excess filling can become embedded in the gum tissue, creating what your describing. The area is not swollen, but is purplish and is close to the filling. It is not dangerous, but if you find it effects your esthetics see a periodontists. ...Read more
Simple: Yes and No!: Once a cavity (carious lesion) is diagnosed, the decay will need to be removed and a restoration placed. Typically most cavities are anesthetized and no sensitivity is noted by the patient, just vibration from the handpiece. Larger restorations with infection or cracks can have sensitivity but usually manageable. Be sure to tell dentist if pain so dentist and team can manage discomfort. ...Read more
NO: Discuss your concern with your dentist prior to the procedure. Most patients request or require local anesthesia to "numb" the tooth so absolutely nothing is felt for the entire procedure. You have other options as well. Ask your dentist what is right for you and the specific procedure planned. ...Read more
Pain...: If a cavity is a bit deep, you dentist will recommend a small shot of anesthetic. The pin prick will hurt a bit... Lets face it, it's a sharp needle. But that should be about it, for a couple of seconds. Many of my patients have their cavities filled without an anesthetic... And they don't complain about any pain. It's the nature of the procedure. ...Read more
There is a wide range of prices... The least expensive option is the dental school.
If you are seeking white filling material, there are many qualities. Prices vary greatly, so does the quality.
There are new white filling materials which last & have many attributes. Including a new holistic white filling material which is bpa free. Along with the materials, all dentists are individuals. ...Read more
A simple procedure: While you shouldn't try to do it at home, dental fillings can be simple and almost painless. The short version: take out the decayed, broken and infected part of the tooth; then disinfect, insulate and fill it up with something durable that looks great. Your dentist can provide as much or as little "geek speak" as you want on this subject as it relates to your teeth ;-). ...Read more
Pain: Was there pain before the cavity was filled? Did the dentist say it was deep, did they suggest root canal may be necessary? Does something make the pain worse? My rule of thumb is if the pain is decreasing with time that's a good thing, as long as it goes away. If it decreases but is still present, not a good sign and get back to your dentist asap ...Read more
It is a lot: A current review of the available epidemiological data from many countries clearly indicates that there is a significant decrease in the tooth decay due to a public prevention measures. Brush first, then floss and rinse before going to bed every night, see your dentist 2 X per year. It will prevent your future dental problems. Good luck. ...Read more
Some options exist: Material selection for a cavity is dependent upon the tooth location, size and shape of the preparation, patient occlusion, para-functional habits and frequency of dental decay. Options include amalgam, adhesively placed materials including composite resin and glass ionomers, gold and ceramic. ...Read more
Only one tip: Call a dentist. This isn't a diy project. There's nothing you can do yourself. You need professional help. Your dentist has years of training and a lifetime of experience to help you resolve your problem. Don't wait. Call now. Small cavity is easier, cheaper, less difficult to fix, with more long-lasting result, than big cavity/abscess/infection. Please call now. ...Read more
That depends: That depends on the size and location of the cavity. Small - medium sized cavities on the chewing surface can often be fixed comfortably with out needing "a shot" (local anesthesia). Getting deep cavities and/or cavities between teeth fixed will definitely feel more comfortable if you do have local anesthesia placed. ...Read more
Very similar...: A cavity would replace the lost tooth structure and thus should reestablish the shape of the tooth before. The amalgam filling or the resin should give you almost the same filling as the original tooth. Most of the time, when done correctly, you would have a much better function and feel than having a hole or a cavity that may give you an uneasy, sensitive or even pain sensation. ...Read more
Depends...: Filling five teeth or even one tooth depends on. Which tooth, extent of decay, how easily you numb up and your doctors speed and capability. There is no way to know all of these but you an ask your dentist what he thinks and how long it will take. ...Read more
Skilled Rx: The tooth is numbed up. The decayed, damaged, infected tooth material is removed leaving only health tooth structure. A filling is placed to replace the damaged material that was removed. ...Read more
Sedation: Your problem of anxiety is very common. Tell your dentist and ask if he can help with something to help with your anxiety for the visit or sedation. If your dentist cannot help, ask for a recommendation to a dentist who does use sedation. Speak to your dentist and ask for a prescription for a mild sedative. ...Read more
Rx: The tooth is numbed up. The decayed, damaged, infected tooth material is removed leaving only health tooth structure. A filling is placed to replace the damaged material that was removed. ...Read more
As soon as: The shot has worn off you can work out. ...Read more
Absolutely not: Today's techniques and state of the art equipment allow simple procedures like restoring a decayed tooth to be painless. Good luck and be well. ...Read more
Depends on severity: Depends on size, extent of invasion and tooth destruction, location on the tooth, and the choice of restorative material. Dentist will anesthetize tooth, remove the infected tooth material, and place a restoration. Dentists do this all day long every day and are quite skilled at the procedure. ...Read more
It's easy: The dentist will make you comfortable, numb the tooth, remove the decay, and put in a filling. Many people tell me the worst part are the dentist's cornet jokes. You will be very pleased at how easy this will be for you. Don't worry. ...Read more