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My First Cavity - No idea what to expect

Old 05-26-05, 09:46 AM
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My First Cavity - No idea what to expect

So after 31+ years of having perfect teeth, I found out I have 2 cavities. Both are upper.

Funny thing is, when you have never had a cavity, you dont know what to expect.

I am getting 2 fillings today. The Dentist said they are small cavities and he can do both sides/cavities in an hour.

I have heard the worst part is the novacane.

I brought my iPod and my big ass headphones to drown out the sound of the drill.

I think I would have rather had a cavity or 2 when I was younger so I knew what to expect.

Advise, comments, tips?
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Old 05-26-05, 09:48 AM
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It's really no big deal - I've only had one cavity so far, and I had it drilled and filled with no anasthetic at all.
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Old 05-26-05, 09:49 AM
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Getting the novacane shots is a piece a cake, it's the not knowing you're "numb" enough until (s)he starts drilling that's the painful part.
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I just found out last week that I have another cavity. I went 25 years w/out one and now I have had two in two years.
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It can hurt but if they're shallow then it shouldn't be that bad. If you're nervous about it, ask for some little white happy pills and have someone drive you.

Best of luck, I hope it goes well.
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Just re-read your post...........man, if your Dentist "thinks" he can get it done in an hour, I'd get a second opinion. The one cavity I got filled took about ten minutes.
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Be glad you're an adult. It's extremely painful.

The novocaine shot isn't like getting a vaccination, oh no no no. Not a quick prick. The dentist sticks in your gums (already a sensitive area) and leaves it in there. OWOWOWOWOWOW.

And the drilling? Despite the novocaine, you can usually feel it. This ranges from uncomfortable to downright excrutiating.

Have fun!
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heh, it's not that bad. Most dentists will put some type of numbing gel on a qtip, and then hold that on the inside of your cheek where they're going to prick you with the needle. The initial prick is sometimes a bit painful, but it's generally more on the uncomfortable side.

The worst part for me is the smell. Sometimes you can see the smoke coming out of your mouth when they're drilling.
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Old 05-26-05, 10:07 AM
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maybe i should have left this unmentioned and went into it blind.
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Old 05-26-05, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
Just re-read your post...........man, if your Dentist "thinks" he can get it done in an hour, I'd get a second opinion. The one cavity I got filled took about ten minutes.

its 2 cavities. and he didnt make it sound like he "thinks". its just that sometimes he has people come back on different days so they dont have to do both at once.

my cavities are small so he said he could get both done in an hour...total. prep, drill, and fill.
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Old 05-26-05, 10:13 AM
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that hour should include the time you spend reading magazines in the waiting room
you shouldnt be in the chair more than 30 minutes tops

btw.. it helps them tell what they are doing.. If you eat a handful of oreo cookies right before you go in.
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had all four wisdom teeth pulled, but have never had a cavity before, I count my lucky stars.
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just don't sneeze while he's drilling.....
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Originally Posted by Giles
had all four wisdom teeth pulled, but have never had a cavity before, I count my lucky stars.
i had all 4 pulled at once. they put me to sleep. i woke up, went home, took a little nap and went out that night. only pain killer i used was tylenol, and only once.

this cant be that bad.
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Old 05-26-05, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
just don't sneeze while he's drilling.....
funny you say that as i did not take my allergy pill this morning.
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Old 05-26-05, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by SoSpacey
funny you say that as i did not take my allergy pill this morning.

well then.. dont spend the entire time thinking about sneezing.. or its going to get ugly!
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Old 05-26-05, 10:24 AM
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Uppers are harder to do, but if they are small like he says, it should definitely take less than an hour. Obviously, the further back they are, the more difficult they are as well. If he numbs your mouth up a little before the novacaine, the shot doesn't hurt at all IMO. The teeth that are filled may be sensitive for a few days I believe, but other than that, it shouldn't be that big of a deal (if he/she is a good dentist that is)
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Originally Posted by SoSpacey
i had all 4 pulled at once. they put me to sleep. i woke up, went home, took a little nap and went out that night. only pain killer i used was tylenol, and only once.

this cant be that bad.
I forgot to mention that like you I had them all pulled out at once, it wasn't pretty, they also put me to sleep, but when I woke up, I was completely disoriented and I generally freaked.
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Originally Posted by Giles
I forgot to mention that like you I had them all pulled out at once, it wasn't pretty, they also put me to sleep, but when I woke up, I was completely disoriented and I generally freaked.
when i woke up, i asked them when we were going to do this. they told me it was done already. they sent me into recovery, i got antsy, got up and walked out.

i have only had a local once. they had to lance a cyst on my tailbone in order to drain it. the local hurt like hell. i was screaming into a pillow, and i still felt the damn procedure. but hat was at one of the worst hospitals in the country in poughkeepsie.
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Originally Posted by SoSpacey
when i woke up, i asked them when we were going to do this. they told me it was done already. they sent me into recovery, i got antsy, got up and walked out.

i have only had a local once. they had to lance a cyst on my tailbone in order to drain it. the local hurt like hell. i was screaming into a pillow, and i still felt the damn procedure. but hat was at one of the worst hospitals in the country in poughkeepsie.

That's kinda what having a cavity filled is like..........
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My First Cavity Search - No idea what to expect

Well, you're probably going to want to relax your muscles as much as possible, and try to put your mind on something else if you can.

Oh, wait...
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Originally Posted by SoSpacey
Some guy named Lance..... my tailbone... hurt like hell... i was screaming into a pillow...
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teehee i hope he fell for the oreo thing
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First thing to do is make sure your dentist isn't this guy:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hlight=dentist
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