A 34-year-old member asked:
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other than fillings, is there any way to reverse damage from dental cavities?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn answered
37 years experience Dentistry
Sometimes: Only with very early signs of decalcification is it possible to remineralize dental enamal (incipient decay). This can be done with high concentrations of flouride. Cavities that have reached the dentin can not be recalcified or reversed and require repair.
Answered on Nov 9, 2012
Dr. Kevin Hanley
42 years experience Orthodontics
It depends: If the damage is not too extensive, it may be possible to remineralize the tooth enamel. This requires you see a dentist for a prescription of a fluoridated toothpaste which has a more concentrated form of Fluoride in it that over the counter toothpastes. Also, the dentist can also do some in-office procedures which can remineralize the teeth. Deep cavities need fillings.
Answered on Apr 25, 2016
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Dr. Hans Reinemer
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Probably not: Once dental decay breaks down tooth structure it is considered irreversible. It is necessary to restore the tooth to its normal shape and size with a filling. Otherwise the cavitation or hole will become a food trap and will increase in size.
Answered on Jan 12, 2015
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Dr. David May
Dr. David May answered
29 years experience Dentistry
Remineralization: It is thought that a cavity that stays in the enamel only can be remineralized. There are products like mi paste and rx Fluoride that can accomplish this, but very few cavities stay in the enamel.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014

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