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When should a cavity be filled?

01/28/2009

Question:

From what I understand my dentist wants to treat some decay in the grooves of several of my teeth before it has actually penetrated the enamel. His intention is to prevent a cavity and get it while it is small. Does this approach work effectively? Are their any risks?

Answer:

Your dentist is to be congratulated. His approach is preventive and proactive. He identified early ingress of decay before it has had a chance to cause any major damage to the tooth. His approach is very effective. I suspect that he is a skilled technician, so I feel that there will be very little if any risk involved in this treatment regimen.

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Response by:

James H Houston, DDS James H Houston, DDS
Instructor of Community Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University