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Do you have to take an anesthetic injection before getting a cavity filled?

Do you have to take an anesthetic injection before getting a cavity filled?

Not necessarily: Some cavities are quite near the surface of the tooth. They can be filled without needing any numbing medication. Deeper cavities which are nearer to the root of the tooth may require local anesthesia to be filled comfortably. Your dentist will advise you as to the best way to have dental work done safely and comfortably. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Anesthetic (Definition)

Anesthetics's are a class of drugs which cause a reversible loss of sensation. The 2 main classes are general and local. General anesthetics cause unconsciousness and total loss of sensation. Local anesthetics cause loss of sensation ...Read more


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Is it very painful to fill cavities without anesthetics?

Is it very painful to fill cavities without anesthetics?

Maybe: It really depends on the person, their age, and he depth of the cavity. Some can have most everything done in their mouth w/o anesthetic, and others need it even with minor procedures. ...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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How long will a procedure take to get five cavities filled?

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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How does a dentist know how to not hit a nerve when giving the injections?Im getting lower molar cavities filled by student dentist soon&i am scared.

How does a dentist know how to not hit a nerve when giving the injections?Im  getting lower molar cavities filled by student dentist soon&i am scared.

Dental injections: We are aiming for around the nerve area (see picture), we very rarely touch the actual nerve. If we do, you may feel a shock for a second but don't worry it generally doesn't do permanent damage to the nerve. There is usually a dentist supervising the students as well if they are new. ...Read more

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I had 2 cavities filled on my left lower molders last thursday, one novicaine injection. Over the past few days I've had an increase in pain in my left ear, jaw, and temporal region. It is painful yet ibuprofen seems to help for several hours. I called my

I had 2 cavities filled on my left lower molders last thursday, one novicaine injection. Over the past few days I've had an increase in pain in my left ear, jaw, and temporal region. It is painful yet ibuprofen seems to help for several hours. I called my

See your dentist: See your dentist. Variables are, the bite may be high therefore creating a disparity in occlusion and thus pain, or the tooth may need a sedative restoration to be placed or the tooth may need a root canal. Upon careful radiographic and clinical examination, the dentist will ascertain your problem. The area may also just need time to heal if it was a deep restoration. ...Read more

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Need expert opinion on when getting a cavity filled does the dentist take an x-ray?

Need expert opinion on when getting a cavity filled does the dentist take an x-ray?

X-ray: Yes it is usually needed to see where on the tooth the cavity is. There can be visible areas on the tooth that need to be filled but unless the tooth was no other teeth around it x-rays are usually needed. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get a cavity?

How much time does it take to get a cavity?

3mos to 1year: A cavity is like a pothole in the street..it can begin so small, that it is not noticeable . But once it gets large enough, the the cavity grows quicker. A patient of mine 'disappeared' for 2.5years, and now returns with a toothache caused by a HUGE cavity that could have been repaired easily 1year ago. ...Read more

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