Even if you don’t currently have a dentist and you’re not up-to-date on your annual check-ups, you likely know what a cavity is and how cavities come about. What we eat, our lifestyles, and how effectively we practice our at-home oral healthcare routines all play critical roles in helping us avoid getting cavities.
Cavities Can Happen to the Best of Us
It’s important to understand that many people get cavities and that it’s not the end of the world if you get one. Far from it, actually! Your favorite movie star might have even had a few cavities in their lifetime. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research asserts that 26% of adults ranging in ages from 20 to 64 have untreated decay. You can make sure you don’t fall into the ranks of those who have untreated tooth decay by staying on top of your oral health routine as well as keeping your regular check-ups with your local dentist.
How Long Does a Cavity Take to Fill?
But what happens when you get a cavity and it needs to be treated? How long does it take to get a cavity filled and how long can you expect to be at the dentist if you need to get your cavity treated?
If you have or suspect you have a cavity, it’s important to act immediately. It just so happens that getting a cavity filled is a routine procedure that can be done relatively quickly when compared to other procedures with more steps and expertise involved. If it’s a typical filling that you need, your dentist has likely had a lot of practice and can get the procedure done within an hour. However, if you have multiple cavities, your dentist may need to break treatment up over multiple visits.
Your Visit with Audubon Dental Center
During your visit, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area before removing decayed tooth matter with a drill or a laser. After the dentist has shaped the tooth, the filling material will be applied. Dentists use several filling agents, from gold to silver amalgam, from tooth-colored fillings to composite resin, depending on patient needs and budget.
Some types of fillings take a little longer to fully set than others, so it’s important to follow your oral health specialist’s directions after your cavity filling treatment, which will help you avoid any problems, including your cavity filling becoming displaced or dislodged.
Moving forward, you’ll want to make proper adjustments to ensure your teeth and gums are getting the attention they need. Your home routine is your front line against any tooth decay and gum problems.
Get in Touch with Audubon Dental Center Today!
Dr. Pantano specializes in the treatment of cavities and is here to help our patients restore and retain healthy smiles. Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation if you believe it’s time to start taking back your oral health for good. We have a long track record of helping entire families achieve miraculous smiles.