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The dental assistance said i might need to drill two back teeth to get fillings why? i went to the dentist the other day and the dental assistance checked out my teeth and said that two back teeth were sticky and would probably need to be drilled and fill

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Even : Even your dentist does not want to drill your teeth for no reason. But, if you have cavity, brushing and flossing will never make it go away. You cannot "erase" a cavity by brushing it. Let the dentist examine your teeth and explain to you what treatment needs to be done and why.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Harry Aronowitz answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

You : You need to be with a dentist that you trust. If you trust that your dentist has your best interests in mind then you should proceed with your dentists recommendation. If your dentist has not yet earned that trust you can verify the diagnosis by getting a second opinion.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Neil McLeod answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

THIS : This is all a question of professional trust i totally understand your not wanting to have your teeth drilled, but dental decay ( the demineralization of the enamel and then the dentine) can only progress so far before you are compelled to cut the decay out and seal and fill it. That is what dentist do, they save your teeth. Now it is true, that if you only have extremely superficial demineralization, that a cleaned tooth surface can remineralize and seal itself. You will have to dramatically improve your home care. But the dentist must be allowed final say. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. David Schleimer answered

Specializes in

ASK dentist: Though an assistant may have excellent skills, they are trained for a short time. The assistant may be correct, but the dentist has the proper training to evaluate the need for a filling. Sometimes the biting surface grooves get sticky and used to be filled always, sometimes smoothing of the enamel (called enameloplasty) can remove the problem and make the area self cleansing. The dentist knows!

Answered 12/10/2013

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