Replace Filling

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smbarr01
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Replace Filling

Post by smbarr01 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:03 pm

My daughter has a filling that fell out. Will the dentist have to drill again to refill it? It is on the tooth next to the front one.

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sbornfeld
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Re: Replace Filling

Post by sbornfeld » Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:29 pm

That depends upon how it fell out. If there is decay, it will need to be removed. Very often fillings fall out when decay starts at the margins and works its way around.
On the other hand, the dentist may feel the cavity has to be reshaped so that the filling is less likely to fall out again. So while it's not certain that the tooth will need to be drilled, it is very likely that it will.
Steven Bornfeld, DDS
Brooklyn, NY

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