Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get That Dental Filling

September 1, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpapageorgiou @ 8:30 am
a patient attending their dental consultation

As the end of the year approaches, your to-do list is probably starting to grow quite large. However, before you find yourself too busy with the hustle and bustle of the autumn and winter seasons, you should take a moment to stop and consider your oral health—particularly if your dentist has recently informed you that you’re going to need a dental filling to address a pesky cavity! Leaving a cavity untreated can have some pretty severe consequences down the road, for both your oral health and your wallet. So why not have the cavity filled with a dental filling sooner rather than later, especially when you can take advantage of your dental insurance? Here’s what your dentist wants you to consider.

Why Are Fillings Necessary?

Dental fillings become necessary often due to cavities; in many cases, pain and sensitivity felt from toothaches are due to decay and cavities, and if left untreated, things can get much worse—even to the point where the tooth’s entire wellness and spot in the mouth is at stake. Fillings can prevent this; using a special drill instrument, your dentist can remove the decay portion of the tooth before sanitizing it and “filling” it with a tooth-colored composite resin material. This ultimately restores the tooth and protects it from future deterioration, assuming you continue to brush and floss!

Why Should I Get My Cavity Filled Before the End of the Year?

Many dental insurance plans operate on a calendar year basis, meaning that your benefits reset come January 1st. This means that it’s in your best interest to schedule any necessary appointments prior to this deadline—such as dental filling appointments! By doing this, you’re making the most of the coverage that you’ve already paid for. Since fillings are often considered a “restorative” service, they are eligible for coverage, with this amount generally ranging from 70% to 80% once the plan’s deductible has been met. However, for more details on coverage, you should always check the specifics of your plan or ask your provider.

In any case, you’ll end up getting the most out of your dental insurance by getting a dental filling sooner rather than later, plus, it ultimately boosts your oral wellness. Getting a dental filling before the end of the year also provides you with peace of mind; knowing that you’ve taken care of your dental health allows you to enter the next year confidently and healthily!

About the Author

Dr. Christina Papageorgiou received her dental doctorate from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry. She has proudly served patients and families in the Natick, MA community for several years. Her practice is thrilled to offer a wide range of services including options like fillings, as well as several other cosmetic and restorative treatments. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to schedule a visit for you or a loved one, feel free to contact her through her practice’s website or by phone for assistance. Telephone: (508) 545-1126.

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