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Doctor insights on: How Long Until Cavity Filing Starts To Rot

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How long does a cavity procedure last?

How long does a cavity procedure last?

Cavity procedure: Depends on the tooth, the size of the cavity, the material used to restore the tooth, whether the mouth is large or small, whether the patient is a gagger.
In most cases, 20-40 minutes. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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 can I treat long-standing cavities?

How can I treat long-standing cavities?

Cavities: Damage from cavities can not be reversed. If bad enough, a dentist will drill the cavity out and then place a crown over the tooth. If the cavity is not far along, it cannot be reversed but it can be kept from getting worse. Regular brushing and flossing along with a flouride rinse can help keep the teeth strong and prevent cavities from progressing. ...Read more

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How long would it take to get 7 cavities filled?

Varies: It's kink of like how long does it take to build a house. A lot depends on thee size, location, and complexity. Your dentist can give you an idea before he starts. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get a cavity?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get a cavity?

It's variable: Cavities begin when the decay process penetrates the insensitive enamel and enters the sensitive tooth structure underneath it (this structure is called dentin).
The process by which the decay penetrates the enamel varies with: diet, hygiene (brushing, flossing, etc.) genetics (the density of the enamel and dentin), use of anti-cavity substances (fluoride), etc. It will vary. ...Read more

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How long will a procedure take to get five cavities filled?

How long will a procedure take to get five cavities filled?

Depends...: Filling five teeth or even one tooth depends on. Which tooth, extent of decay, how easily you numb up and your doctors speed and capability. There is no way to know all of these but you an ask your dentist what he thinks and how long it will take. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a cavity to start hurting?

How long is it supposed to it take for a cavity to start hurting?

Too long: Unfortunately, by the time a tooth starts to hurt from dental decay, it's substantially damaged. Everyone has different pain thresholds. Some patients can have the entire tooth destroyed and rotted away and report they never felt anything wrong. Others can sense things after moderate tooth destruction. Brush, floss, eat healthy foods and see your dentist every 6 months for checkups! ...Read more

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I just had a cavity filled and I'm wondering how long do I have to wait before I can eat again?

I just had a cavity filled and I'm wondering how long do I have to wait before I can eat again?

2-3 days: It is always best to avoid biting on a new cavity for a few days to allow the tooth to heal from the "surgery" it just had. A tooth is like a bone, and needs to heal after being filled. ...Read more

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I have 9 cavities that are getting filled tomorrow. How long does it take and is it going to be painful?

I have 9 cavities that are getting filled tomorrow. How long does it take and is it going to be painful?

That depends on: The location, extent of decay, between teeth or surface fillings, depth of restoration ... 9 fillings seems like a lot to do in one sitting especially if you are being numbed in multiple areas. Good luck. Hope this helps. ...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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My tooth aches but I have no rotting or cavities, what could it be?

My tooth aches but I have no rotting or cavities, what could it be?

Tension?: Often it is hard to tell if a tooth has a cavity. The cavity could be a small hole near the gum line or between the adjacent teeth and thus hard to see. If you have been told by a dentist that there is not tooth decay present in your aching tooth, it could be clench or grinding of your teeth due to tension. Are you under any additional stress lately? Do you catch yourself clenching your teeth? ...Read more

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How long will it take for a cavity to kill you?

How long will it take for a cavity to kill you?

Depends: In this day and age, a person is unlikely to die from a cavity in their tooth. It depends on their oral hygiene habits. If a person has a cavity and never brushes/flosses their teeth they are likely to get more cavities which can result in periodontal infections. Untreated periodontal infections can be fatal if they spread to the blood stream. However, this would be very unlikely to happen. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the numbness after cavities go away?

Normally, how long would the numbness after cavities go away?

Usually in 2-4 hours: Modern anesthetic is very effective. Depending on the type used, numbness will last between 2 and 4 hours. Some types will last as long as 8 hours (marcaine). ...Read more

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How to know if I have waited too long to get this cavity filled?

How to know if I have waited too long to get this cavity filled?

See a dentist ASAP: For examination, x-ray and treatment. It is never too late. The risk in waiting is that it is certain that the cavity will progress and you may lose your tooth. However, implant dentistry is here to stay. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have i waited too long to get a cavity filled?

Signs: Signs of pain/bleeding/swelling indicate that a small problem is now a big one. There are still treatments available. Put the computer down, pick up the phone, and call your dentist... Now! ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have waited too long to get this cavity filled?

Usually pain: The first sign of 'having waited too long to get just a filling is ::PAIN/SENSITIVITY!! Don't wait! ...get a small cavity filled, before it grows and makes a repair MORE complicated and expensive!!! ...Read more

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I have a small cavity that hurts and is visible, I have an appointment made 6 days from now, is that too long to wait?

Not necessarily: The cavity really won't get bigger in six days. How much are you suffering? Do pain meds help? If the pain is that bad and meds don't help, then you might need root canal therapy, and your appointment can be made sooner as an emergency. ...Read more

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How long does it take a dentist to fill a cavity?

How long does it take a dentist to fill a cavity?

Complexity: First the dentist has to remove all the damaged parts of the tooth, then choose the appropriate restorative material and place it. The bigger and more complex the cavity, the longer it will take to do the work. "Fillings" are not a commodity like a can of soup. It's a service. All filling has its own challenges. So your filling will not be exactly ike the one uncle joe got. ...Read more

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How long does it take a doc to fill up seven cavities?

How long does it take a doc to fill up seven cavities?

Depends: Depends on many things. The type of cavities, size of cavities, location of cavities. Also, the type of filling material which the dentist uses for the restoration. Dentists work at their own pace. Some work in microscopic surgical loupes which can help them see decay that they might have missed with the unaided eye & it can take more time. The patient can also be a factor. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does fluoride keep cavities away?

I'm wondering how long does fluoride keep cavities away?

Cavities: Fluoride makes the teeth less susceptible to cavities by increasing the strength of the enamel. With good home care, brushing and flossing, and regular check ups at your dentist teeth can remain cavity free for a lifetime. Even with Fluoride poor homecare/high sugar diets equal cavities. ...Read more

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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 lot longer. In some instances, it can have problems much sooner. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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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I believe I have at least one cavity and some moderate associated pain but cannot see my dentist until a week from tomorrow. Okay to wait so long?

Hard to say: Problems like this tend to "blow up" at the most inopportune time. Although your tooth will not decay appreciably in the next week, the pain may escalate. It's your call. ...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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I have had a tooth with a cavity for quite some time, and I believe it has rotted. Can this hurt my gums? What else can happen from this? Please help!

Yes: It can hurt your gum, as the infection expends from the root canal in the tooth socket and eventually in the gum if left untreated. It get spread outside the gum, such as in the sinus cavity, if it's an upper molar that is being affected. In rare cases, it may affect your eye and if left untreated completely, the infection may reach the bloodstream causing sepsis. ...Read more