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How Long Does Cavity Filling Procedures Take
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
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?
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
If I experience pain from a cavity can I get it filled, and does filling a cavity take care of the diseased pulp?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
By being replaced: If by overfilled you mean that the filling is too big and you cannot chew, the filling can be shaved down. If overfilled means you think it is too deep rendering the tooth too sensitive the only solution is removal of the nerve of the tooth, usually done with root canal therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not uncommon: Slight sensitivity following a filling is not uncommon. Your own dentist should have given you some guidance in this area. If not, or this is severe or doesn't subside shortly, call your dentist for advice as to what to expect before coming in for an evaluation. ...Read more
Simple...: A cavity, by definition: cav·i·ty (k?v??-t?) 1. A hollow; a hole. 2. A hollow area within the body: a sinus cavity. 3. A pitted area in a tooth caused by caries. A filling (dental restoration) is place into a cleaned out tooth cavity to protect the tooth from further decay and to restore the tooth to proper form and function. ...Read more
Silver and white: Amalgam (silver) fillings have been the standard for many, many, years, and have performed well. Composite fillings, if done right, will also perform well and look much more natural in the mouth. There are other less used fillings, such as glass ionomer, that have their place in dentistry also. All fillings have their unique pros and cons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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