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Fillings vs rct

Is it normal for a doctor to regularly tell people that the decay “could” go into the nerve but he won’t know until he starts removing it? There have been a few people he starts drilling on and finds decay into the nerve and puts a temp filling and refers them to endo. Doesn’t seem right to me.

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In my experience, this does happen on occasion. X-ray images are only 2D, so while we can get a good idea of what is going on, sometimes its not the whole picture until the the doctor gets in there. As long as the patient has been informed before any procedure starts that it could be a filling or RCT and they consent to both, it’s okay. While it may not seem “right” you must remember that if the patient would have taken preventive steps, they wouldn’t be in this situation, which is ultimately on them.

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