#1
So I have the dentists tomorrow and I only noticed a few days back that I have several cavities/signs of tooth decay. I have a large cavity and the others are smaller.

I was wandering how they treat them and how long it takes. If anyone could give me any answers on this that would help alot. I'm just worried and scared. I know I shouldn't be really but I am.

And yes I do brush my teeth. I do this twice daily and I do it as best as possible. However I haven't seen my dentist in over two years so I'm thinking that could be part of the reason as to why I have them.
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Needles... in your mouth.

Mouth = Numb.

Drill noises.

Weird Blue Light.

Pay Bill.

Don't eat for half hour.
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First they shoot you.
Then they drill you.
Then they fill you.
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Needles... in your mouth.

Mouth = Numb.

Drill noises.

Weird Blue Light.

Pay Bill.

Don't eat for half hour.



How much does it roughly cost per tooth. I'm in the UK by the way.
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I will be honest, patients have little idea as to what goes on in their mouths have the time.

If you have problems your dentist should explain what they are and what the treatment is. Generally if theres decay, you remove it then restore the hole you have made.

Brushing helps, but your diet is the biggest factor in whether you get decay.
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#7
I have had like 4 or 5 done all together, its not bad at all. The tiny pinch of the needle is the worst part. It depends on your cavities, but if they are sideways or something then they have to put this metal brace thing on the tooth while they do it which is annoying. It doesn't take very long at all. You can't eat for 30-60 minutes, and your teeth are gonna be sensitive for the next week or so. I was lucky and had one side done at a time, so while that was healing I could still eat on the other side. But yeah, don't worry about it really, it isn't as bad as you think.
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#8
I'm not sure about the costs, but getting fillings is one of the least painful things the dentist can do to you. I'd rather have fillings then have my teeth cleaned at the dentist, from the perspective of discomfort.

The freezing they give you doesn't bother me at all though, as I've had plenty of needles in my mouth over the years, from extractions to periodontic surgery.
#9
It actually depends on how bad the cavities are, with all the ones i've had the've just put caps on them, or something like that, don't think it cost any extra, but this was before i was 18 and dentist was paid by NHS, but it doesn't take long, nor does it hurt.

but if they are really bad, as Geebz, and somewhere in the region of £50 i think.
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#10
Aren't you people like...genetically predisposed to have bad teeth?

But seriously, not having been to a dentist in 2 years doesn't mean you'll get cavities. The main thing is flossing/rinsing your mouth with water so stuff doesn't just sit there and eat into your teeth.
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How much does it roughly cost per tooth. I'm in the UK by the way.


Well I live in Canada... so I have no idea about the UK.

All I can say is if it's anything comparable to here, I hope you have some decent insurance or a couple hundred dollars kicking around.

Being a Dentist is like having a license to print money....
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Needles... in your mouth.

Mouth = Numb.

Drill noises.

Weird Blue Light.

Pay Bill.

Don't eat for half hour.


This.

I'm getting 3 root canals tomorrow so remember you wont be having the worst dentist experience tomorrow.


I wish I was lying
#14
the worst part is the needles and the taste.


you taste the filings of your teeth when they drill them... ****ing disgusting


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This.

I'm getting 3 root canals tomorrow so remember you wont be having the worst dentist experience tomorrow.


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root canals didnt hurt as bad as i thought they would


its just like getting a filling except it takes 2 visits and they have to put the crown on


the temporary crown is annoying though because it breaks down in your mouth after a few hours
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#15
Exam = Free
X-rays = £4.40
Fillings = Around £13
Crowns = £60-90 depending on type
Root Canal = £50
Extractions = £14

Thats roughly the NHS prices, private prices differ a lot
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Do you floss your teeth TS? That's very important.
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Good news guys! What I thought was a large cavity was in fact just an old filling that had worn down slightly at the surface(which I didn't actually know was there, weird) and what I thought were signs of decay were just staining of the teeth.
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First they take xrays to see what's going on. Then the dentist will pick at your decayed spots with a sharp metal object (this will hurt). Then they stick a large needle in your gums in a few different places in order to apply lidocaine (this will hurt too). Wait a few minutes until that takes effect. Then they use a drill to get out the decayed parts of your teeth (not really painful but not fun either). Then they'll apply fillings. In a few hours the lidocaine will wear off and that's that.

Of course if they find enough decay in any spot there's a chance you could need a root canal, where they drill your teeth down to the root and use little metal hooks to go inside and snag and remove the nerve(s) from your tooth. That's following by drilling your tooth down to a stump so that you can get a crown installed. The dentist will take an impression of your mouth with this cold goopy crap and then make and glue to your tooth stump a temporary crown. Then you'll have to go back in a few weeks for him to rip off your temporary crown and glue on the permanent one. It's possible to also need a crown even if you don't have root canal too.

That's about it.
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1. Pick at your teeth
2. Inject you with local anesthetic
3. This.
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I make fake teeth. Crowns, bridges, etc. If you **** up it means business. Enjoy your candy =D
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