November 4, 2020
Did you know that tooth decay is one of the most prevalent health problems facing Americans today? In fact, more than 90% of adults in the United States have had at least once cavity. So, if you learned at your last checkup that you needed a filling, you’re far from the only one. While you might be tempted to avoid scheduling the procedure until after the holiday season, keep in mind that there are serious long-term consequences to ignoring a cavity. Continue reading as a dentist in Boston discusses what happens if you don’t get fillings when you need them, and why you should get them taken care of before the end of the year.
What Happens If You Don’t Get Fillings?
From Halloween candies to holiday treats like cranberry sauce, the last three months of the year are filled with opportunities to eat some seriously yummy foods. Unfortunately, many of these foods are packed with sugar. Prolonged exposure to sugary, acidic, or sticky foods can cause the bacteria in your mouth to eat away at your tooth enamel, which is what causes a cavity.
Contrary to popular belief, cavities do not get better on their own. If you don’t get your enamel repaired with a filling, the decay can spread to the center of the tooth, called the pulp. Not only can this result in an excruciating toothache, but at this point, you might require more than just a filling. You may need a major restorative procedure like a root canal or tooth extraction and replacement, both of which are significantly more expensive than a simple filling. Therefore, fillings play an integral role in saving your teeth as well as your wallet!
Why You Should Schedule Treatment Before the Year Ends
While you might initially want to put your procedure off until the new year, it’s important to note that many dental insurance plans reset on January 1st. So, you have until December 31st to take advantage of the coverage you have left. After all, the majority of insurance plans will cover up to 80% of the cost of fillings. Any unused benefits disappear in the new year, so if you wait much longer, you’ll have to meet your deductible again before you can unlock coverage.
If you need one or more fillings, it can be tempting to postpone your treatment. However, utilizing your remaining insurance benefits can help your pearly whites and your wallet. If you haven’t scheduled your procedure yet, make sure to do so before 2020 ends!
About the Author
Jack B. Share is a dentist in Boston with more than 40 years of experience in the field. He has helped countless patients save their smiles with fillings. His practice is proud to be in-network with Delta Dental and BlueCross BlueShield. However, his team members will happily file claims and maximize benefits for many other dental insurance plans. To schedule the fillings you need and save money, visit Dr. Share’s website or give him a call at 617-742-1350.
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