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Treatment depends on how bad the cavity is. Most often, the dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth with a drill then fills in the hole with a filling made of either silver alloy, gold, porcelain, or a composite resin. These materials are safe. Crowns are used when a tooth is so badly decayed that not much of it remains. Your dentist removes and repairs the damaged part then fits a crown made from gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal over the rest of the tooth.

From: Dental Health and Cavities WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association. 

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Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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American Dental Association. 

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Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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