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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 more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Need to be 16 yrs: I'm sorry but you need to be at least 16 yrs to ask questions on this site. Please ask one of your parents to ask for you. Good luck ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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
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
Iam having yellow tooth cavity behind my front teeths since long. Is there any solution except consulting a dentist?
Large cavity in tooth. Dentist says I need pulp cap and filling. Decay comes close to the nerve but not yet on the it. What is purpose of pulp cap?
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 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
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
Earlier today I was given a local anhestesia for a cavity in my tooth and the I took 800 mg of ib prophen. I was wondering is it safe to take flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) right now for the tightness in my neck?
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
Is tooth decay just a natural part of aging? I don't eat much sugar or drink any soda, but as I've gotten into my 50s it just seems like I have more decay and cavities at each visit to the dentist. I do my best to take care of my teeth, but I seem to be
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
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
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 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
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
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