Intentionally NOT Removing All of a Cavity

Generally we want to rid the mouth and the tooth of any decay. However, sometimes when doing a filling or a restoration we may elect to leave a very small amount of the cavity, or decay, on that tooth.

“I hate going to the dentist.” “I hate the dentist.” “I’m terrified of the dentist.”

I never understood why so many members of our population hated going to the dentist when I was younger. As I started assisting for my own family dentist, I saw the phobia manifesting in patients.