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Do You Have To Fill A Cavity
See a dentist: Dental caries is the most prevalent chronic disease in the world. If cavities aren't treated with fillings, they can lead to root canals, severe toothache, infection and tooth loss. Although cavities can be fixed by the dentist the prevention of cavities is the best strategy for your oral health. See a dentist for examination and x-rays. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: Your dentist will let you know what options you have. ...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
Possibly: Most cavities form in-between your teeth and in areas that are not easily seen until they are really big. The same goes for sensitivity. In other words, by the time your tooth is sensitive or hurts, the cavities are usually big. That is why it is so important to see your dentist for routine check-ups, generally every 6 months. They can see many visually, or if not with x-rays. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nitrous oxide: A combination of nitrogen and oxygen will make you feel as though you have had a few cocktails so that you really don't pay much attention to the procedure. You do not go to sleep and are flushed with oxygen at the conclusion of procedure so that you leave as you arrived. ...Read more
Lots of ways: If big enough you can see damage to the tooth. Tooth may be sensitive to heat, cold, or sweets. If long standing cavity nerve of tooth may be infected and you will be in pain. A piece of tooth may chip off. Best way is to see your Dentist who has the knowledge, instruments, and x-ray equipment to evaluate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depth of damage: Root canals are fillings. When damage/decay/fracture/bacteria find access into the pulp chamber system inside a tooth, a root canal filling becomes an option. A filling, crown, or partial crown (inlay-onlay) usually works for damaged teeth that do not have pulpal involvement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get it taken care of: See a dentist for care. You will either need it removed or need root canal and crown. You may also need the abcess drained. You do need antibiotics in any case and would likely be given some pain meds as well. It will take a couple days for it to do better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you already have a filling can you possibly have a cavity on the same tooth you have a filling?
If you have one cavity can you get a filling at when the dentist do the filling can they give you braces that same day
Technically yes..: .. but practically speaking, probably not. Your orthodontist does not restore teeth, and if your general dentist is placing the appliances, it would most likely be done after all of your restorative treatment has been completed. You should ask the dentist that is treating you. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Simple answer : Typically cavities are not going to be able to be detected without going to a dentist. Most cavities are asymtomatic and won't cause pain until they get large. Brown staining on your teeth may be an indication of a cavity but it's not always the case. Even your dentist would need x-rays to see cavities between the teeth, they aren't seen with the naked eye. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe not.: Many general dentists are able to do excellent root canals with experience. Difficult cases are better treated by an endodontist as they have high resolution microscopes that most general dentists do not. I have been practicing dentistry as a general dentist for 26 years and have treated over 1500 endodontic cases with excellent results. That said i refer cases to endodntists that are difficult. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I may have swallowed half a toothpick. Do i need to seek additional help or will it pass? I seem to have a minor discomfort in the chest 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?
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 thats 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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