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How long will a tooth filling take?

A dental cavity in Royal Oak, MI puts your tooth at risk for fracture or the need for extraction, which is why treating tooth decay sooner rather than later is the best course.

The process for filling a tooth requires a dental checkup and x-rays, if needed. In many cases, the decayed spot hides between teeth, which makes x-rays necessary for diagnosis. If your dentist does find a cavity, we schedule you for treatment either the same day or soon.

The filling process itself can take anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour, depending on the size and location of the cavity. In any case, we anesthetize the treatment area—meaning you may notice a little pressure or work being done, but it will not be painful. Then, while the area is numb, your dentist clears away the decay and fills your tooth with a tooth-colored filling.

Sometimes, your dentist will recommend a custom tooth crown for large cavities as opposed to a filling. This provides more support to a tooth that may have been weakened because of the cavity size. 

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