Your dentist just told you that one of your teeth needs a dental filling, but up until the time of your appointment the tooth hasn’t hurt one bit. In fact, you’re starting to think that your dentist is just maybe making something up in order to put a few more dollars in their pocket. How can you know if it’s just something that can wait or if you should hop right after it?
Cavities are Best Treated When They are Small
Addressing your cavities or replacing old dental fillings is best done as early as possible. This helps the restoration be as small as possible. Why is this important? Because the smaller the new filling is, the healthier tooth enamel you are able to preserve.
It Will Keep Your Cost of Care Down
The smaller the filling, the lower your treatment costs will be. Allowing the area to go untreated even for a few months can cause the lesion to enlarge, resulting in the need for a slightly larger restoration. As the restorations become larger, so do your treatment fees. In fact, a tooth that simply needs a filling at one appointment may go months between check-ups only to need a crown by the next exam. Be sure and see if your dental office offers any dental service specials like the specials at Agave Dental
See for Yourself
Ask your dentist to get a shot of the cavity on a high definition intraoral camera (there is no charge for this.) Or, ask to see an enlarged image of the lesion on your digital x-ray. Seeing the leakage or dark portion of the film may be difficult to do on your own, but when it is enlarged most people are able to see it for themselves. When you “co-diagnose” your own treatment, it’s easier to understand the treatment and processes that go into play when it comes to keeping your teeth as healthy as possible.
If you aren’t quite sure why your tooth needs a filling, ask your dentist if it is ok to sit and wait on it for a while – in some cases, this may be appropriate. Your dentist will be more than happy to explain his or her reasoning for the recommended treatment.
This post is a featured article from Dr. Beth Hamann at Agave Dental located in Phoenix Arizona.
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