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Beeswax filling may be oldest dental work

An ancient cracked tooth repaired with a filling made of beeswax may be the earliest known example of therapeutic dentistry, researchers say.Full story

$2,540 for 2 fillings? Poor hit by high costs at dental chain

Surviving on a meager $1,300 a month, 87-year-old Theresa Ferritto fretted about the cost when her dentist told her she needed two teeth pulled.  So she decided to try out a dental chain that promoted steep discounts in its advertisements. But before she left the office, she was given a $7,835 treat Full story

NYT: Close look at teeth may mean unneeded fillings

With increasingly sophisticated detection technology, dentists are finding — and treating — tooth abnormalities that may never develop into cavities. Some say it's a proactive strategy, but critics say the procedures are unnecessary, painful and are driving up the costs of care. Full story

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