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What keeps people from having a cavity filled? Generally, the answer comes down to one of two important issues: fear of the dentist or concern about the cost of the treatment. However, if you have a cavity filled, there are a few reasons you should get it filled immediately.

You see, cavities are formed by tooth decay and erosion over time. Typically, this decay is the result of bad bacteria in your mouth eating away at your dentin and enamel, which are the outer layers of your teeth. Fortunately, by brushing and flossing, you can remove this harmful bacteria before it causes serious problems. As you probably know, this is one reason daily oral care is so important to the health of your mouth.

As you probably know, problems with cavities usually start when you neglect brushing and flossing. However, did you know that you won’t be able to reverse the damage caused by a cavity after it’s formed, even with brushing and flossing? Fortunately, you can choose to have a filling placed, which will restore the functionality of your tooth and stop decay from spreading further.

Fortunately, having cavities filled is relatively painless, especially if you fill the crown as soon as it appears. Similarly, most insurances will pay to fill a cavity, while some won’t pay for more expensive treatments that may be necessary if a cavity isn’t filled quickly enough.

If you are worried that you have a cavity, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Matthew Scaffa for a checkup. Our team, will assess your mouth and develop a plan to help you address any issues. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, please contact Staten Island Dental Arts Center at phone. We’re eager to receive your call.