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When should a cavity be filled?



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?


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