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Can a filled cavity become a cavity again?
Unfortunately, tooth decay can still happen underneath a filling, especially if the filling has been cracked, worn, or otherwise damaged. In these cases, bacteria can enter your tooth and a new cavity can start again.
How many cavities can you get filled at once?
How many fillings can be done at once? There really isn’t a limit to the number of fillings your dentist can give you at one time. In fact, if you have a few cavities located in the same area (the upper right of your mouth, for example), your dentist can give you a few tooth fillings all at once.
Do fillings stop cavities?
In short, the answer is no. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities because a dentist tends to want to remove the decayed part (the cavity) and fill it to stop any further damage from occurring. While there aren’t ways to remove a cavity without using a filling, there are ways almost to reverse the decay.
Is replacing a filling painful?
Recovering from a Tooth Filling If you experience sensitivity, or feel pain in your tooth, let your dentist know right away. So, while you can expect some mild discomfort and sensitivity when getting a filling, it is not normally a painful procedure and is not something to fear.
Does drilling a cavity hurt?
If your dentist is experienced, this shouldn’t hurt. You may feel a brief pinch or sting while the anesthetic starts to numb the tooth, gum, and jaw area. Your dentist will then use a drill to remove the decay. Many people find the sound of the drill to be the worst part of the experience.
How much does it cost to fix a filling?
Most filling treatments hold stable prices in the following ranges: $50 to $150 for a single, silver amalgam filling. $90 to $250 for a single, tooth-colored composite filling. $250 to $4,500 for a single, cast-gold or porcelain filling.
Are cavities contagious to other teeth?
While this may come as a surprise, cavities are contagious. That’s right, just like catching a cold in the wintertime, you can also catch a cavity. Although sugar is usually to blame for cavities and tooth decay, studies have shown that cavities can be transmitted.