11 doctors weighed in:
What can I do about a small cavity in my tooth besides drill and fill?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Why?
Early demineralization\decalcification of the enamel of the tooth can sometimes be reversed with remineralizing toothpastes & impeccable oral hygiene.
However, the causes of this occurring in the first place usually do not stop & therefore it tends to reoccur with deepening decay! there are no magic treatments. It's best to just get it filled when it is small & easily repaired. No reason not to!

In brief: Why?
Early demineralization\decalcification of the enamel of the tooth can sometimes be reversed with remineralizing toothpastes & impeccable oral hygiene.
However, the causes of this occurring in the first place usually do not stop & therefore it tends to reoccur with deepening decay! there are no magic treatments. It's best to just get it filled when it is small & easily repaired. No reason not to!
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Gary Sandler
If we knew why you were hesitant about getting your tooth treated properly with a small tooth colored composite filling, we could address that issue. Discuss your concerns with your own dentist. Trust your dentist or find another one who you do.
Dr. Matthew Smith
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Potential Reversal
Depending on the extent of tooth destruction, various treatments can be used to restore teeth to proper form, function, and aesthetics, but there is no known method to regenerate large amounts of tooth structure.
If the cavity is discovered at early onset a high Fluoride toothpaste, high ph rinse along with managing risk factors can be used to remineralization of very small cavity lesions.

In brief: Potential Reversal
Depending on the extent of tooth destruction, various treatments can be used to restore teeth to proper form, function, and aesthetics, but there is no known method to regenerate large amounts of tooth structure.
If the cavity is discovered at early onset a high Fluoride toothpaste, high ph rinse along with managing risk factors can be used to remineralization of very small cavity lesions.
Dr. Matthew Smith
Dr. Matthew Smith
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Dr. Alvaro Lazo
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Good oral
Hygiene will help toslow down the caries process.
However, you do need a filling.

In brief: Good oral
Hygiene will help toslow down the caries process.
However, you do need a filling.
Dr. Alvaro Lazo
Dr. Alvaro Lazo
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Leave it alone
You can monitor it.
Some cavities are self limiting and will just be there. Others are active and need to be treated. Best let a competent dentist help you with this decision.

In brief: Leave it alone
You can monitor it.
Some cavities are self limiting and will just be there. Others are active and need to be treated. Best let a competent dentist help you with this decision.
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Dr. Robert Eckelson
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Cavity in tooth
You do need a filling there is no other way, if you dont fill, you will eventually loose the tooth.

In brief: Cavity in tooth
You do need a filling there is no other way, if you dont fill, you will eventually loose the tooth.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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