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Emergency Faq’s

March 31, 2021
March 31, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions


Should I go to an oral surgeon for a tooth extraction?

Always consult your dentist before visiting an oral surgeon. A comprehensive oral exam is necessary to determine your condition and if oral surgery is necessary.

Is a tooth extraction painful?

Before the extraction, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. This helps keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. You may feel pressure as the tooth is removed from the socket, but you should not feel pain.

Following the procedure, over-the-counter or prescription pain medication may be recommended to reduce any discomfort.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Every patient heals differently. Typically, recovery takes a few days to a week. The location, number of teeth extracted, and health of the patient can affect the recovery period.

Following the procedure, over-the-counter or prescription pain medication may be recommended to reduce any discomfort.


Is a root canal painful?

Every patient’s tolerance level is different. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area and to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. It is common to feel pressure as your dentist works to remove the damaged portion of the tooth.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal treatment, the pulp and nerves are removed from the canal of the tooth. This area is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled with a special material called gutta percha. A dental crown is placed to restore and strengthen the tooth.

How long does a root canal take?

A root canal takes slightly longer than having a cavity filled. A standard root canal treatment takes 30-60 minutes. A more complex case may take up to 90 minutes.


What are the signs of a cavity?

Common signs or symptoms of a cavity include:

  • Tooth pain while chewing
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot
  • Pits or holes in the tooth
  • Black, brown, or white spots on the tooth

How is a filling placed?

Before placing a filling, your dentist numbs the tooth or treatment area to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure. Using special tools, he/she removes the decayed portion of the tooth. The filling is placed and then hardened using a special light.

What filling materials are used for cavities?

The most common materials for fillings are amalgam (silver fillings), gold, and tooth-colored composites. Your dentist will choose the most appropriate material based on your needs, the location of the filling in your mouth, and your budget.

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