What is a filling?
Fillings are used to repair decayed teeth and cavities by “filling” in the holes and gaps in the tooth’s enamel.
Are dental fillings painful?
Local or topical anesthetic is used to make the experience painless as it numbs the area where the filling is taking place. However, the pain depends on the size of the cavity and how sensitive your individual teeth are.
How long do dental fillings last?
Dental fillings typically last 7 to 15 years. When the original filling starts to crack or cause pain, it is advisable to replace it as soon as possible.
How many times can a filling be replaced?
There is no limit to how many times a filling can be replaced. However, if the hole becomes too large, your tooth will not be strong enough to hold a filling. In that case, a root canal or extraction may be necessary.
Can you eat after a filling?
It is best not to eat or drink anything for one or two hours after your filling. You can continue with your normal diet after the anesthesia wears off.
Can dental fillings fall 0ut?
Although this is rare, dental fillings can fall out due to undetected decay underneath the filling. If a filling falls out, make sure to get it replaced to prevent the decay from worsening.
Can dental fillings cause bad breath?
Dental fillings cannot directly cause bad breath. Bad breath roots from bacteria that lives in your mouth. Thus, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene even with a filling to prevent bad odor in your mouth.
How long does it take take to fill a cavity?
The time it takes to fill a cavity depends on how severe the decay is. A normal filling takes 20-30 minutes to fill, but larger fillings may need an hour or more.
What happens if you don’t fill a cavity?
If a cavity is left untreated, the decay will worsen and make you more prone to brittle teeth. Along with growing in size, it can even lead to another cavity. Thus, filling a cavity is essential to keep your smile healthy.
How long can a cavity go without being filled?
Every cavity is unique. It can take anywhere from six months to four years for a cavity to require treatment. It all depends on the patient’s oral conditions.