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how effective is a dental filling for treating a cavity?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Quite effective: Dental fillings are specifically designed to treat carious teeth, so they are actually quite effective.
Answered on Apr 18, 2015
Dr. Kevin Nail
10 years experience Dentistry
Dental filling: Very effective. Your dentist will remove the tooth decay and replace if with filling material. Removing the decay stops the degradation process of the tooth that occurs from the cavity.
Answered on May 21, 2015
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Very: The one and only. Other last option is extraction, and you would rather not go there.
Answered on May 28, 2015
Dr. Brian Hoffman
13 years experience Dentistry
Depends: The answer depends on the size of the cavity, the depth of the cavity and the potential for additional restorations on the same tooth. Many times, the better option is an inlay, onlay, crown, root canal or extraction and placement of an implant. See you Dentist, he/she will give you the options that best fit your particular situation. Brush-brush-brush-floss!
Answered on May 28, 2015

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