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4 Questions to Ask Your Dentist about Your Cavity Treatment

Posted on 2/10/2016 by Boeckel
A digram of a dental filling inside a patients jaw.Your dentist has just given you the bad news - you've got a cavity. About 97% of people will experience this at one point in their lives, and the most common way to help the problem is to get a filling. However, before you go into your treatment plan blind, make sure you are asking your dentist some important questions.

What Type of Filling Should I Get?

There are more cavity options available than ever before, and while a traditional, silver filling might still be your best option, white-colored fillings might also be available. These fillings are great choices from small fillings and cavities in the front teeth.

What Type of Anesthesia Will Be Used?

You will likely be concerned about pain control and staying comfortable in the event of a cavity, so this is something you should discuss with your dentist. You may just need nitrous oxide, or a local anesthetic could be administered. Your anxiety level and the complexity of the treatment will be factors in determining the type of anesthesia used.

How Long Will the Treatment Take?

The length of time needed to treat your cavity will depend on the severity of the problem. The type of sedative will also play a role. While most fillings can be completed in one visit, teeth with significant decay may require two or more appointments if they need a restoration like a crown added.

How Much Will the Treatment Cost?

While cavity treatment is necessary, you'll still want to have an idea about what you can expect in terms of cost. If you have dental insurance, the amount that you pay will be significantly reduced. You can also talk to your provider about payment plans if taking care of the balance all at once isn't an option.

If you have other questions about your treatment, don't be shy. Be sure to contact our office ahead of time so that you know exactly what to expect.









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