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A 59-year-old female asked:

I am 58 female w/ one small cavity upper back tooth and one filling lower back tooth w/ small cavity bottom side of filling. .? is do i go composite or cerac? price diff of 800+ per tooth

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Hard to answer: Complex question. Pros and cons. Best bet discuss pros and cons with dentist. Consider a second opinion before costly treatment.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
More info needed...: The answer to your question is not cut and dry, black or white. Determining the best restoration is sometimes a matter of preference... there may not be an absolute right or wrong answer. If you doubt the diagnosis, get a second opinion from another dentist (who can actually examine the teeth in question).
Dr. M Jones
Dr. M Jonesanswered
Dentistry 27 years experience
Size Matters: Depending on the size of the cavity and how far is extends across the different sides of the tooth, a Cerec restoration could be worth the investment. When a dentist recommends a composite resin filling, it is usually the best treatment for that tooth to restore it to optimal form and function. We budget is a concern, sometimes a dentist will offer choices. Ask your dentist about each tooth.

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