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Chapter 10: How to Fill a Cavity

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When someone’s tooth hurts, you do not always need to take it out. There may be a way to treat it and keep it. Always ask yourself whether a bad tooth really needs to come out. This chapter is about filling cavities. Cavities are the holes that tooth decay makes in the teeth.

a man pointing to his mouth while thinking.
Could I do something to save that tooth?

From this chapter, you can learn:

  • When to fill the cavity, or when to take out the tooth.
  • How to place a temporary cement filling.
  • How to place a permanent filling using Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART).


This page was updated:19 Feb 2018