No one wants to hear that they have a dental cavity and need a cavity treatment. If you’re a bit apprehensive about undergoing cavity treatment, here are a few things to consider and discuss with your dentist before the big day. Discussing these important topics will help you be prepared and know what to expect when you walk into the dentist’s office the day of your appointment.
- What type of filling will you get? There are numerous types of materials used for cavity treatment. The most common types include amalgam and composite. Ask your dentist what they recommend and do your research to determine which you might prefer.
- What type of treatment will your dentist use to help you relax and avoid discomfort? Depending on the complexity of the cavity treatment you need, your dentist may simply administer a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums, or they may choose to administer nitrous oxide gas. (1) For really complex procedures, the dentist may even completely sedate you.
- Can this cavity be fully treated in one visit? Heavily decayed teeth may need more than a traditional filling for cavity treatment. These procedures include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns and bridges. (2) Your first visit will include a fitting for the cavity treatment and the second appointment is for the actual procedure.
- How long will it take? The length of your visit will vary greatly depending on the type of cavity treatment and also on the type of sedative or anesthetic you are given. Ask your dentist how long the procedure should last.
- How much will it cost? Cost will also vary greatly depending on your insurance coverage, type of cavity treatment and type of anesthetic. You can work with your dentist and insurance provider prior to the cavity treatment to get an estimate of the total cost.
Knowing all of these details before your cavity treatment will help you relax and be prepared for your visit.