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Hi everyone.<br><br>
When we were in London and my daughter had a cavity, to my great relief, our dentist merely scraped it out with that pick thing they use, and filled it with pink glass ionomer. Now in Australia, enquiring at local holistic dentists since I have discovered another black pinprick on one of her molars <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> even the holistic dentists here seem to be using local aneasthetic and drill as standard. Has anyone had this experience with no drill fillings? Why could one dentist simply scrape the cavity clean, while another has to drill into it? They both looked about the same to me, in fact the first (scraped) one looked worse (and turned out to be deeper than the dentist anticipated but that didn't change his course of action).<br><br>
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Glass ionomer cement is a temp filling material, so it is OK to scrape then fill. With a light-cured composite (permanent filling), they drill (or use a water jet) first.
 
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