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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Shouldn't We Just Watch the Small Cavity?

"If my cavity is small, and it doesn't hurt, can't we just watch and wait?"

Sure... we can watch it get bigger over time.  😄

Many times, Dr. Michael Barr has explained to patients that restoring a small cavity costs about 1/10th the cost of waiting until it's big enough (and hurting) to require root canal therapy and a crown.  Or worse, if the decay has progressed even more, it may not be restorable and require extraction.   Then, it may cost you EIGHTEEN times as much to replace the tooth with an implant.

It's better (and less costly) to intervene early.

The other day, one of Dr. Barr's dentist friends posted a meme designed to educate patients about the effects of the progression of decay (on left ).  It inspired Dr. Barr to create a variation of the meme to communicate the message in a different way... from a financial perspective (on right).

Expensive root canal therapy, crowns, and implants all started as a far less costly, small issue.

Here's an example of a cavity restored by Dr. Barr with a tooth-colored filling at Palm Beach Smiles in Boynton Beach.

Don't let a small cavity turn into a major expense!

Or give us a call at 561-736-2377.

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