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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a cavity in the back of my teeth how long do you think it will take to fill it? I am a 12 year old girl who has lost all of her baby teeth
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?
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