How Long Can I Wait To Get My Cavity Filled?

So the dentist has told you that you have a cavity and wants to schedule you back in for a filling.  You’re not alone if you’re wondering if you can put the filling off for a later time.  You might also be thinking that since it doesn’t hurt maybe you don’t really need that filling after all.  Of course that would be nice–but sadly SO not true!

The best thing to do is to get back in as soon as possible for the filling.  Fillings don’t take long and are not that expensive, especially if you have dental insurance.  However, if you wait, you’ll be looking at needing something more extensive and much more expensive like a root canal (usually around 10 to 15 times more expensive).

What happens is that over time that cavity grows and the decay gets deeper and closer to the nerve.  Also, the decay can spread to other teeth with means more fillings, more time in the dentist chair, and yep more money as well, not to mention the pain associated with decay that is getting close to the nerve.

Bottom line, save yourself the physical pain and mental pain associated with tooth decay and schedule your filling appointment right away.  And if you don’t have good dental hygiene habits now, we highly suggest adopting some as soon as possible.  We love seeing you, but we know you’d rather only see us for your regular cleaning and exams!