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What could you do for tooth decay other than a filling?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Take it out...: There are many ways to treat tooth decay. But...If you don't wish a filling or can't afford what is being suggested...Then the only other alternative would be to have the tooth removed. Then you won't have to worry about its care anymore.
Dr. Richard Stiles
Dentistry 16 years experience
Restore or remove: The only real way to deal with decay is to remove it, or it will continue to grow to the point where pain and/or infection can take over. Removing and restoring decay can be as simple as a filling or more involved as in a root canal or crown. When decay is so great that a tooth cannot be restored, extraction may be the only option.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Extraction: Those are the choices. If the tooth and bone and bite are all good --- go for the filling. Especially at your young age.

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What is tooth decay?

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Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry 46 years experience
Bacteria destruction: Decay is usually caused due to plaque build up on or between your teeth, then the bacteria metabolize the sugars you eat and their byproduct is acid which eats into the outer layer of the enamel. After enough destruction the process enters the softer dentine below the enamel. Now you have a cavity.

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