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Will a tooth with decay definitely become a cavity?  A dentist told me last year that I have decay on ALL my te eth, but when I look, I see nothing.  I had a more serious dental issue on a couple other teeth, so I was still waiting to get these looked at.  Well, another dentist in the same practice reminded me of all these and said he wants white fillings on all of these.  I just keep thinking, "White filling don't last", plus I keep reading about the 'wait and watch' idea.  I'm going in for a cleaning/flouride. Will that not help? What if I keep getting cleanings? In fact, would it hurt if I got a cleaning/flouride every 3 months for the next year? Could it help? hurt?
Thank you very much,

hi jen
the tooth decay is a process that involves loss of minerals(in its initial stages) & then collapse of the remaining structure called cavitation( last stage)

the initial stage is also called "white spot lesions".
local application of high concerntration fluorides can reverse this lesion back to normalcy.

if however you have cavitations then unfortunately some sort of filling needs to be done.

routine application of fluoride helps in this case too.... as fluoride uptake by tooth structures makes it more resistant to future decay.

white fillings, silver fillings, ceramic fillings or glass ionomer fillings. .... all have limited shelf life after which they would need either changing or repairs.

wait and watch with cavitated lesions does not work.
best wishes
dr m


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