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Do deep fillings ever work

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Makemefeelbetter70

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will they always need root canals?
 
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I received three deep fillings in July of 2014 on two bottom molars and a top molar and haven't had any pain or issues with them thus far.
 
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I received three deep fillings in July of 2014 on two bottom molars and a top molar and haven't had any pain or issues with them thus far.
were they near the nerve of your teeth?
 
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Most of my molar teeth had deep fillings put in around high school/beginning of college. After 10 years (and not taking care of my mouth), I now need root canals in most of them. I'm not sure what the result would have been if I properly cared for my mouth though. Still no regrets - root canals are the last step before needing to get the tooth extracted.
 
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In my experience all of my deep fillings have led to root canals. Not sure if it varies person to person or case by case.

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In my experience all of my deep fillings have led to root canals. Not sure if it varies person to person or case by case.

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Thank you for your reply. Do you mind me asking how long after you had your deep filling did you need to have a root canal?
 
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Thank you for your reply. Do you mind me asking how long after you had your deep filling did you need to have a root canal?
One of my more recent deep fillings had to have a root canal within a week or two of having it filled. They found it during a cleaning and filled it right away. I was on antibiotics and pain meds., but they ended up referring me for a root canal.

I guess it depends how long the cavity has been there and how deep it is. I've had other deep fillings that were fine for months before needing root canals, but I think it varies. All of mine (4) have been on molars. I was told after the fact that my molars have soft enamel, so they're very prone to cavities and infections. If I'd known before I would have looked after them more, but I had no idea.

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Thank you for your reply. Do you mind me asking how long after you had your deep filling did you need to have a root canal?

I had a deep filling on a back tooth and it lasted nearly 7 years before needing a rct. Don't be afraid of a rct they are not as bad as people think they are. I would rather have another rct than another deep filling anyday. A lot less drilling involved. :butterfly:
 
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I had a deep filling on a back tooth and it lasted nearly 7 years before needing a rct. Don't be afraid of a rct they are not as bad as people think they are. I would rather have another rct than another deep filling anyday. A lot less drilling involved. :butterfly:
Agreed! I was nearly falling asleep during my last root canal because of how well the dentist did it- drilling and putting in a filling bothers me way more.
 
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I had a deep filling on a back tooth and it lasted nearly 7 years before needing a rct. Don't be afraid of a rct they are not as bad as people think they are. I would rather have another rct than another deep filling anyday. A lot less drilling involved. :butterfly:
As Carole said; root canal treatment is nothing to be afraid of. Before I had my first root canal (about 5 years ago now), the dentist I was seeing at time, knew how terrified I was and persuaded me to have the treatment by telling me that it wasn't that much different to a filling; the only difference from my point of view, was that it would take a bit longer because they have to go a bit deeper.

Five years on and I've actually ended up having 8 root canals, so you could say I'm used to it now :rolleyes:. I didn't believe the dentist I saw five years ago, but actually he was right - once you're numb, it's more or less like a long filling appointment. Sometimes treatment is done over two or three appointments, but they're all pretty much the same.

I always used to think that people falling asleep during a root canal appointment was a myth, but I've fallen asleep a couple of times myself, so it does happen :redface::p!!
 
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I have a very deep filling which my dentist said could fail at any time, and that was more than 10 years ago. I was advised to have a root canal by a terrible HMO dental place, and the endo they sent me to was a major part of adding to my dental phobia. My pre-HMO dentist was the one who did the deep filling because I was terrified of the idea of a root canal after fleeing the endo's office. I suspect the tooth will need a root canal within a couple of years, but thankfully I have a wonderful dentist who showed me root canals can be painless and are nothing to fear. You may luck out with a deep filling, but if RCT is the best option and you find a dentist you can trust, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
 
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