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What steps are involved in filling a tooth?

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First, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth to be filled. Next, they'll use a drill or laser to remove the decayed area. Then they'll clean bacteria and debris out of the cavity. If the decay is near the root, your dentist may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve. Generally, after the filling is in, your dentist will finish and polish it.

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WebMD Medical News: "FDA: Possible Risk From Dental Fillings."

MedicineNet: "Fillings."

American Dental Association: "Dental Filling Options."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

SOURCE:

WebMD Medical News: "FDA: Possible Risk From Dental Fillings."

MedicineNet: "Fillings."

American Dental Association: "Dental Filling Options."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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