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How long will it take for a filling a cavity to fall out?

How long will it take for a filling a cavity to fall out?

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

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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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How long does it take to fill cavities? I'm 22 and am going in for my first filling. How long does it take to do? .

How long does it take to fill cavities? I'm 22 and am going in for my first filling. How long does it take to do? .

Cavities: It depends on the size of the restorations and what type. You would probably get novacaine which has to sit about 7 minutes to take effect, then the filling can take 15 to 25 minutes more for a small to medium sized filling. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get a normal tooth cavity filling?

About an hour: It depends on the size and location of the filling to be done. Some take as little as 10-15 minutes, others about an hour. Ask your dentist how long he or she expects the apointment to take. ...Read more

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I just got a filling today for a cavity. How long is this pain supposed to last?

I just got a filling today for a cavity. How long is this pain supposed to last?

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

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If I experience pain from a cavity can I get it filled, and does filling a cavity take care of the diseased pulp?

If I experience pain from a cavity can I get it filled, and does filling a cavity take care of the diseased pulp?

See Dentist: When you see the dentist he or she will fill the cavity. If the tooth or gum is infected then the dentist will take care of that infection before filling. ...Read more

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What can I take for severe pain after cavity filling?

What can I take for severe pain after cavity filling?

Ibuprofen works: I would contact your dentist as there may be another problem besides pain like infection or the filling is too high. Ibuprofen works well for pain unless you have a medical condition which contraindicates taking an nsaid. Again contact your dentist to get some help. ...Read more

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What do I take or do for severe pain after cavity filling?

What do I take or do for severe pain after cavity filling?

Call your dentist: "severe" pain is not usual following dental fillings unless. Otc pain medication like Ibuprofen should be adequate to relieve any discomfort following fillings. Cold sensitivity might sometimes occur at first but should gradually diminish. "severe" pain could simply be caused by a "high" spot on a filling that needs adjusting, or it might signal a deep filling that's affected the tooth nerve. ...Read more

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How long will the anesthesia effect last after a cavity filling?

How long will the anesthesia effect last after a cavity filling?

Varies: Some local anesthetics wear off within 30 minutes, while other are specifically designed to be active for up to 20 hours. It depends on the type and location of the drug. Talk to your anesthesiologist or dentist about medications that they will use. ...Read more

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What are cavity filling kits made of? How long will it last?

What are cavity filling kits made of? How long will it last?

Emergency kits: Different emergency dental repair kits have different ingredients. Read the labels at the store. Eugenol (oil of cloves) is a common ingredient. It may not help, will only last a short time at best, and some patients do more harm than good when using them. It’s best to call a dentist and be seen asap for professional care. ...Read more

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How long should the soreness last after a cavity filling and crown?

How long should the soreness last after a cavity filling and crown?

Depends: Fillings can be sensitive a couple of days depending upon how deep the cavity was and the type of material used. If still sensitive after 48 hours, contact your dentist. Your tooth should not be sensitive after a crown placement. The crown might be too 'high.'your dentist may need to adjust your bite and check the health of your tooth. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to take ibuprofen before I get numbing shots for a cavity filling?

Is it advisable to take ibuprofen before I get numbing shots for a cavity filling?

Typically yes: Many oral professionals will have patients take an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen before dental work. ...Read more

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Dentist says I have large cavity. Need pulp cap and filling. Decay is close to nerve but not on it. I am nervous about this procedure. Any advice?

Dentist says I have large cavity. Need pulp cap and filling. Decay is close to nerve but not on it. I am nervous about this procedure. Any advice?

Don't be nervous: Once you have the local anesthetic, you won't feel a thing regardless of what procedure your dentist needs to do. If the decay is as deep as you say, prepare for root canal therapy. ...Read more

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I just had a cavity filled that was really close to a nerve. I could feel my tooth hurting during the procedure and evenafter that. The filling is moving and is falling out. Is itnormal?

I just had a cavity filled that was really close to a nerve. I could feel my tooth hurting during the procedure and evenafter that. The filling is moving and is falling out. Is itnormal?

Normal: Every time the dentist drills on a tooth there is trauma to the nerve the closer the decay is to the nerve the more trauma. It is normal to have some pain after the treatment is finished. You should be concerned if the pain is getting worse, waking you up at night, or if you are unable to eat on that side after a week or so. I usually tell my patients to give it a week. ...Read more

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Does dental bonding work for filling in cavities? I've read that you can have a dental bonding procedure performed to fill in cavities. Is this true? Are there any advantages to it over regular fillings? .

Does dental bonding work for filling in cavities? I've read that you can have a dental bonding procedure performed to fill in cavities. Is this true? Are there any advantages to it over regular fillings? .

I: I assume that you are referring to amalgam or silver fillings as "regular fillings", and "dental bonding" as bonded composite fillings. Either one replaces the lost tooth structure destroyed by cavities. Amalgam fillings look unesthetic, conduct hot and cold more to the nerves of the teeth, and therefore often cause more sensitivity when drinking or eating very hot and cold liquids or food. Bonded composite fillings sometimes wear more than amalgam fillings, but look more esthetic, often appear "invisible" and actually bond to tooth structure, thereby making them stronger, rather than weaker once filled. Generally speaking, I would much prefer to have bonded composite fillings in my own mouth as there are many more advantages to them. You and other readers should be aware that they are usally more costly and many insurance companies will not pay for the additional cost on posterior (or back) teeth, which is unfortunate. ...Read more

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How long the anesthesia effect will last for tooth cavity filling?

How long the anesthesia effect will last for tooth cavity filling?

Varies: Some local anesthetics wear off within 30 minutes, while other are specifically designed to be active for up to 20 hours. It depends on the type and location of the drug. Talk to your anesthesiologist or dentist about medications that they will use. ...Read more

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Children and cavities? Our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. We've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but I guess it happened anyway. What i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

Children and cavities? Our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. We've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but I guess it happened anyway. What i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

Don't: Don't be dejected that your child has a cavity. Be proud that as a conscientious parent, you are able to provide your child with good dental health care!
if the cavity is small, the procedure is similar as with adults - local anesthetic, remove decay, fill. Children, most often than not, do better than adults at the dentist's, when they are given gentle and great care.
Good luck! :). ...Read more

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Can cavity fillings be re-done?

Can cavity fillings be re-done?

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

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Small dot next to filling cavity?

Filling: Not sure if you meant before or after you got a filling. There are grooves or pits in a tooth that can pick up stains. It may be involved with a cavity or just more apparent since you had a filling done. It is something that needs a visual examination to be certain. ...Read more

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Can getting a cavity filling hurt?

Can getting a cavity filling hurt?

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

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How much will a cavity filling hurt?

How much will a cavity filling hurt?

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

Filling (Definition)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned ...Read more