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How long does it take a dentist to fill a cavity?

How long does it take a dentist 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

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Cavity (Definition)

Basically a cavity is a hole, or defect in the tooth structure. It is created by the demineralization and breakdown of tooth structure from the acid attack of ...Read more


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What should I do if a dentist tells not to fill a cavity?

What should I do if a dentist tells not to fill a cavity?

Request: If the dentist does not want to fill a cavity, then it is probably not a cavity. It is more than likely staining in the grooves of your teeth from the process of remineralization. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How long does it take to fill a cavity at a dental clinic?

How long does it take to fill a cavity at a dental clinic?

About 45 minutes: If you go to dentist he will able to have done in about 45 minutes. ...Read more

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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? .

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

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Does having a cavity filled hurt?

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

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Can getting a cavity filled hurt?

Can getting a cavity filled hurt?

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

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Can it hurt to get cavities filled?

Can it hurt to get cavities filled?

No: Your dentist will give you an injection of a novocain (procaine) anesthetic type product that will cause the area to be numb, you will feel nothing. ...Read more

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Could it hurt to get cavities filled?

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

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Would getting my cavities filled hurt?

Would getting my cavities filled hurt?

No: The teeth can be anesthetized (made numb) with a local anesthetic so you won't feel a thing. For some patients, using sweet air is sufficient. ...Read more

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Could I do good getting a cavity filled?

But of course: If you don't then the tooth will continue to decay and you will need more extensive treatment, such as root canal therapy and a crown. ...Read more

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Is getting a cavity filled very painful?

That depends...: Modern dentistry has numerous methods of effective pain control. Give us a try? ...Read more

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What happens when you get a cavity filled?

What happens when you get a cavity filled?

Good: The decay on the tooth is removed and the tooth is rebuilt to function fully again. ...Read more

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Could I get all my cavities filled at once?

Technically yes...: But you may have to keep your mouth open for quite a while. Discuss your desires with your dentist. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get a cavity filled?

Depends...: 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

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What is it like getting your cavities filled?

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

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When does pain go away once cavity is filled?

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

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Please help! Does getting a cavity fill hurt?

Normally the dentist: Will use anesthetic so that it won't hurt. Often topical anesthetic is applied with a cotton swab to the gum. An injection can then be made in that area to numb it. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to get a cavity filled?

Nothing: Not a dds but have had my share of cavities filled. Your dds will probably inject local anesthetic and that may hurt a bit, after that you will feel nothing. ...Read more

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Is having 3 crowns and 8 filled cavities a lot?

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

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Please help! Does getting a cavity filled hurt?

Usually the dentist: Places topical anesthetic on the gum to numb it before you have a shot of anesthetic. The location of the shot is different depending on which tooth the cavity is in. It is usually very effective. ...Read more

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What are the materials used to fill in cavities?

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

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How long would it take to get 7 cavities filled?

Varies: It's kink of like how long does it take to build a house. A lot depends on thee size, location, and complexity. Your dentist can give you an idea before he starts. ...Read more

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Please suggest tips for getting a cavity filled?

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

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Wanted to know if I can get my cavity filled yet?

Don't understand: Don't understand question. Why is there a delay? Medical problem? Please restate with more description. ...Read more

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Can you have a cavity filled without taking a shot?

Can you have a cavity filled without taking a shot?

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

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What exactly does getting a cavity filled feel like?

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

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How many cavities is it possible to get filled at once?

How many cavities is it possible to get filled at once?

Depends on anesth: The only limit to the number of cavities that can be filled it how long the patient can be there and open their mouth, as well as the amount of anesthetic that can be given. ...Read more

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Could getting a cavity filled hurt; do I need a removal?

Absolutely not: Dentists are skilled at pain management. Whether dentist needs to do filling or extraction, it will be done painlessly. Please don't wait...The longer you wait the more extensive ; expensive treatment will be. ...Read more

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How long will a procedure take to get five cavities filled?

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

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I want to know what do they do when you have a cavity filled?

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

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I need to get a cavity filled - but I'm terrified to go! Help?

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

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I'm wondering what is the procedure of getting a cavity filled?

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

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Does it hurt to get cavities filled? Can I be put under if it does?

Does it hurt to get cavities filled? Can I be put under if it does?

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

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I'm wondering what is the full procedure of getting a cavity filled?

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

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I was wondering, do cavities hurt, and will getting them filled hurt?

No: The cavity may not hurt until it is deep. The filling should not hurt with anesthesia. Any discomfort should be told to the denti ...Read more

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I am getting a cavity filled next week. Please help I'm soooo scared!?

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

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What does getting a cavity filled feel like? Don't want to pay for local

What does getting a cavity filled feel like? Don't want to pay for local

Bad: Its the drill that hurts. Pay for a local - or a laser drill - or get ready - it ain't fun or worth going wo anesthesia. ...Read more