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How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?
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How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

The first questions that usually come to mind when someone needs a cavity fixed are “how much does a dental filling cost?” and “what is the procedure like?” Only later, sometimes not until they have a problem with a filling, do people start to ask “how long do fillings last?”  Unfortunately, fillings don’t last forever....

Are Dental Fillings Safe? What You Should Know
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Are Dental Fillings Safe? What You Should Know

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 92% of adults aged 20 to 64 have tooth decay, also called dental caries. While some people may let a cavity go without treatment, the majority see a dentist for a dental filling. Dental fillings are the surest way to repair a tooth and save...

Don’t Let a Dental Emergency Ruin Your Holiday: What to Do Until You Can See a Dentist
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Don’t Let a Dental Emergency Ruin Your Holiday: What to Do Until You Can See a Dentist

Your dentist’s office is closed for the holidays, and you have a dental emergency. How are you supposed to eat, drink, and be merry? Luckily, most problems with teeth or dental work are not serious health issues. Instead, they’re usually more about discomfort that puts a damper on the festivities. Luckily there are things people...

Are Dental Fillings Toxic?
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Are Dental Fillings Toxic?

When having a cavity filled, there are a few different materials to choose from. Over the years, there has been some controversy about the safety of some of those materials. Patients sometimes ask dentists the question “are dental fillings toxic?” According to the majority of dentists, medical associations, and government agencies, the answer to this...

Dental Fillings vs. Crowns: Deciding What You Need
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Dental Fillings vs. Crowns: Deciding What You Need

There are significant differences between dental fillings and dental crowns, but they serve the same purpose: To restore a damaged or decayed tooth. When a dentist recommends one instead of the other, it’s important to understand why. The decision of dental fillings vs. crowns should lead to the best solution to the tooth’s problem without...

Dental Fillings: A User’s Manual
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Dental Fillings: A User’s Manual

Unlike a root canal procedure which may take two or more visits to the dentist, having a cavity filled only takes one. The dentist puts in the filling and sends you on your way. Ordinarily, no follow up visits are necessary when you have a cavity filled. There are some things patients should and should...

7 Tooth Decay Stories That Will Have You Rushing to Brush
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7 Tooth Decay Stories That Will Have You Rushing to Brush

Tooth decay can happen to anyone, but with proper dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, you can keep it under control. Decay leads to cavities. When people let decay and cavities run amok, bad things can happen. Left alone, cavities can eventually require crowns, root canal, or even losing teeth. Here, dentists weigh...

What is a Cavity, Exactly?
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What is a Cavity, Exactly?

No one likes to find out that they have a cavity. But if you have one, you know you should visit a dentist to have it fixed. But what is a cavity, exactly? The simple answer is that a cavity is a hole in a tooth. This article will look at the answer in a...

Do I Need to Get My Cavity Filled?
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Do I Need to Get My Cavity Filled?

If you suspect you have a cavity, our article I Think I Have a Cavity – What Now? explains some of the symptoms. If you already know you have a cavity, your next question might be “Do I Need to Get My Cavity Filled?” Most people would like to avoid getting a cavity filled. But...