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How Long Until Cavity Filing Starts To Rot
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
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
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
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
As soon as: The shot has worn off you can work out. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
My tooth rotted many years ago with a large cavity and wasn't pulled. Can a general dentist be able to extract the remaining pieces of it?
Possibly: Depends on the skills of the generalist. ...Read more
I have a tooth that rotted years ago. Can leftover bits still be extracted now or is it too late if the hole or cavity got too deep to the bone?
Oral surgeon: Easy procedure for oral surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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