Tooth Decay (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
You should make an appointment with a dentist if:
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If you get better on your own, you won't need treatment. If you get worse, you and your dentist will decide what to do next.
Watchful waiting is not appropriate for a toothache. If you ignore the decaying tooth after the pain goes away, the tooth may become seriously damaged.
Who to see
A dentist is best able to evaluate your tooth decay and pain.
If you have severe decay, the dentist may refer you to a specialist, such as:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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