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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.

In other words, cavities generally form if your teeth aren’t cared for well. Please note, lackluster oral hygiene is not the only cause of tooth decay, but it is a common one. Sadly, once enamel is damaged—or after a cavity is formed—you won’t be able to restore it. In other words, once a cavity is formed, you’ll need to have your cavity filled by a dentist. Luckily, a filling will stop your teeth from suffering more damage.

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. Holly Sletten for a checkup. Our tea, 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 Holly B. Sletten, DMD, FAGD at phone. We’re eager to receive your call.