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How long does it take for a cavity to reach the pulp of a tooth?

How long does it take for a cavity to reach the pulp of a tooth?

Varies: There is no answer to your question because this is different for each of us. It depends on the chemistry in your mouth; your diet, oral hygiene, saliva, and the nature of your tooth. In some people decay can progress to the pulp in a few months it in some it can take years. But once decay has begun the only way to get rid of it is to remove it and have a filling or other dental treatment ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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 for a cavity to reach the pulp in a baby tooth?

How long does it take for a cavity to reach the pulp in a baby tooth?

Dental caries: Progress at a rate dependent upon what one eats and how well one keeps their teeth clean. Each tooth has different contours and there are different thicknesses of tooth from the surface of the tooth to the nerve. No one can say how long it will take. I have seen teeth have small cavities for years and others go from nothing to a nerve exposure in 3-6 months. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does it take a cavity to rot away a tooth?

I'm wondering how long does it take a cavity to rot away a tooth?

Depends: On how good or bad your hygiene is, how much sugar you ingest and your ability to keep the hole clean. See your dentist asap. ...Read more

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

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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How long does it take a cavity to turn into an abscessed tooth? It looks like it's in between my front teeth. When I went to my dentist in february, he didn't say anything about it. My insurance won't cover more than two visits, and my next one is in july

How long does it take a cavity to turn into an abscessed tooth? It looks like it's in between my front teeth. When I went to my dentist in february, he didn't say anything about it. My insurance won't cover more than two visits, and my next one is in july

Whenever: Whenever you notice something like this you need to make an appointment. Your reference to insurance covering only two visits should apply to routine exams and cleanings, not emergency situations or problem focused visits in between. Do not wait as a small cavity can get bigger and a big cavity can cause an abcessed tooth. How long that takes varies tremendously depending upon the situation but you don't want to take a chance to find out. Call now! ...Read more

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How long would it take for a tooth cavity to spread to the heart or brain?

How long would it take for a tooth cavity to spread to the heart or brain?

Why are you waiting?: An acute infection from a tooth into the parapharyngeal airspaces or into the cavernous sinus is a direct pathway to the brain, and airways. If this occurs, its life threatening, and you won't have a lot of time to ask questions. If you have a cavity, get it filled or get the tooth pulled. There is no way of predicting which one will blow up and which one wont. ...Read more

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How long will it take for cavities to develop if you don't brush your teeth?

How long will it take for cavities to develop if you don't brush your teeth?

Depends: People develop decay at different rates. If you bathe your teeth in sugar all day you will most likely develop cavities sooner than someone who doesn't. The bigger concern is losing your teeth over time due to periodontal disease and bone loss. Brushing and flossing is essential to good dental health. ...Read more

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I got a cavity filled a week ago but now my tooth is sensitive. How long till it goes away?

Can take 4-6 weeks: It depends on how deep the cavity was, which tooth, what material was used--many factors. ...Read more

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I think my son has a cavity- dark spot on tooth but no pain. Next cleaning/exam isn't for three more months. Take him in now or wait?

I think my son has a cavity- dark spot on tooth but no pain. Next cleaning/exam isn't for three more months. Take him in now or wait?

Take him now...: Don't understand why you feel he needs to be in pain. Cavities don't always hurt, but that doesn't mean they don't need attention. ...Read more

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If I have a very tiny black hole in a tooth that is very reachable by toothbrush is it a cavity? How could this have happened?

If I have a very tiny black hole in a tooth that is very reachable by toothbrush is it a cavity? How could this have happened?

Stained pit: It is not uncommon to have grooves and pits in teeth, especially the back molars. Sometimes these grooves or pits can retain stain from the foods or fluids in the mouth. Some of these spots can be cavities without any discomfort. Most are just shallow defects that will never become a dental caries. You should have it examined by your dentist to be sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tooth cavities, but my mom won't take me to the dentist! Please help!?

What to do if I have tooth cavities, but my mom won't take me to the dentist! Please help!?

Reason: There has to be a reason why your mom will not take you to the dentist. Have you asked? To not treat infections is child abuse. Ask your school nurse, family physician, or clergyman for assistance. ...Read more

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How can long you live with a tooth cavity before it causes serious complications?

Short as possible: There is no knowing how long or how deep it may until you see a dentist. It can progress very rapidly. It will only get bigger leading potentially to the need for a root canal or extraction. When early and small it can be fixed. Don't wait. ...Read more

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1month tooth pain on chewing crunchyfood after cavity filin. 4 days ago dr put temporary filin bt still painful. How long 2 wait 2 see if d pain wil go?

1month tooth pain on chewing crunchyfood after cavity filin. 4 days ago dr put temporary filin bt still painful. How long 2 wait 2 see if d pain wil go?

Possibly: A tooth can possibly be sore for a short time after treatment. It is in essence a surgery on the tooth and will need to heal. If the discomfort lasts for awhile, I would have it checked...The bite, etc. ...Read more

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How far down must a tooth cavity be before a crown is no longer a proper treatment?

How far down must a tooth cavity be before a crown is no longer a proper treatment?

Near the pulp: If the cavity is in close proximity to the pulp of the tooth then in addition to a crown the tooth will likely need a root canal. If the tooth has developed a deep crack that extends below the pulp and into the root then the tooth will likely need to be extracted. ...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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I have a very tiny black spot in a tooth I am afraid it might be a cavity the area is very reachable by my toothbrush it is strange how can I be sure?

I have a very tiny black spot in a tooth I am afraid it might be a cavity the area is very reachable by my toothbrush it is strange how can I be sure?

Black spot: The most common black spot is a cavity. This can be removed and repaired with a white resin filling. Some stains can appear dark. This can be at the margin of an old filling or in a recess on tooth. Some can be cleaned, repaired or replaced by you dentist. Also, tartar stuck to tooth can appear black. It can be removed by dental hygienist at dental cleaning. ...Read more

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Iam having yellow tooth cavity behind my front teeths since long. Is there any solution except consulting a dentist?

Iam having yellow tooth cavity behind my front teeths since long. Is there any solution except consulting a dentist?

No.: You need to see a dentist. You might have some staining or a small cavity so don't hesitate and see a dentist asap. ...Read more

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Can I take my hydrocodone for my tooth ache after I have took my one miligram Xanax (alprazolam) four hours earlier I have a tooth that has a cavity

Can I take my hydrocodone for my tooth ache after I have took my one miligram Xanax (alprazolam) four hours earlier I have a tooth that has a cavity

Central: Central nervous system and/or respiratory-depressant effects may be additively or synergistically increased in patients taking multiple drugs that cause these effects, especially in elderly or debilitated patients.

Did your dentist prescibe your pain medication for you? Is your toothache following a dental procedure, or are you self medicating without being treated?

Consult with the doctor who wrote this prescription. If your toothache has not been evaluated by a dentist, then I suggest you see a dentist to treat your problem. ...Read more

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I've never had a cavity and always take great care of my teeth. Now I have lupus, got gum swelling and lost a back tooth. Could lupus be the cause?

Possibly, but rare: It sounds more like periodontal disease. You state that you take great care of your teeth and never had a cavity. That is great, but you did not state whether or not you see a dentist regularly. If you do not then the swelling gums and lost tooth is most likely due to periodontal disease and not lupus. If you see a dentist regularly then go to see him/her and get this checked out. ...Read more

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Cavities on molars and wisdom tooth fixed. 3 weeks later jaw still sore and painful. Ibuprofin not very helpful or for very long. Pain has gotten worse.

Cavities on molars and wisdom tooth fixed. 3 weeks later jaw still sore and painful. Ibuprofin not very helpful or for very long. Pain has gotten worse.

Go back to dentist: If one or more of the cavities were deep it is possible that the nerve of he tooth has become inflamed. If this is the case it can be treated with root canal therapy. It is also possible that if one or more of the fillings is too high they can be sensitive. You need to go back to the dentist who treated you so they can figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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How long would teeth be sensitive after cavity is filled?

Varies: No set time frame. Could be a few hours to a few months. At the point where the pain does not go away or becomes unbearable, there's a good chance you will need root canal therapy. ...Read more

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Went to the dentist and she didn't take x-rays, so could she have missed a cavity in between teeth?

Went to the dentist and she didn't take x-rays, so could she have missed a cavity in between teeth?

Absolutely: In general, I inform my patients that my diagnosis of their oral condition is a roughly 40% clinical exam, 40% radiographic (x-ray) exam, 5% verbal and written history, 5% risk evaluation. Yep, you noticed! That's only 90%! that means i'll never know the other 10%! that's made up of what you ate, bit into, whatever for last year, last decade ; before. If risk is low, annual x-rays aren't needed. ...Read more

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Why would I be getting cavities when I take good care of my teeth?

Why would I be getting cavities when I take good care of my teeth?

Many reasons.: There are many reasons you may be getting cavities. Things that contribute to cavities are: high number of bacteria that cause cavities, high sugar diet, dry mouth, low Fluoride while growing up, frequent sipping of a beverage, frequent snacking, and more. Consult with the dentist to evaluate your risk factors. ...Read more

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I hv kaiser health ins but never added dental. Now I'm having sud pain in almost all teeth. Cavities I'm sure. What can I do? Can't wait long. Wknd?!

I hv kaiser health ins but never added dental. Now I'm having sud pain in almost all teeth. Cavities I'm sure. What can I do? Can't wait long. Wknd?!

Dental Care: You'll need to see a dentist, insurance or no insurance. You've saved a year's worth of insurance premiums... that money can now be used towards your dental care. Have a local dentist evaluate your dental health. ...Read more

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I am 19 and I take really good care of my teeth and every time I go to the denist they find at least 4 cavities. What can cause this?

DIET: Almost certainly it is your diet. However, you may have small grooves / pits which have remained cleansable until now. Often these need to be restored later in life. Ask your dentist about these cavities and work with him/her and the hygienist to determine the cause and the best preventive treatment. Review your suger intake-liquid and solid. Keep this minimal and not continual throughout the day. ...Read more

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How long after teeth extraction do you have to wait to get cavities fixed in other teeth?

How long after teeth extraction do you have to wait to get cavities fixed in other teeth?

Don't wait: Call now to make appointment. By the time you get to the Dentist you should be feeling comfortable enough for Dentist to do necessary procedures. The longer you wait, the more difficult and costly the restorations become. ...Read more