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The Cost of Putting Off Cavity Repair

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If your dentist has informed you that you have a cavity, how long can you wait to get a filling? While this is a common question among many patients, there is not a one-size-fits all answer. Not all cavities are created equal and how fast they progress or grow can be unique to each person. If your dentist suggests a filling to repair a cavity, however, there are risks in putting off the procedure. Ironically, patients who are trying to delay cavity repair and avoid the cost and time involved often end up far worse in terms of expense, time and even discomfort.

How Cavities Develop and Grow

Cavities, also called decay or caries, are formed when the bacteria in your mouth combine with sugars and food debris to form plaque. Plaque contains harmful acids that can eat away at the enamel of your teeth as it clings to the surfaces. The holes that are created when plaque dissolves enamel are referred to as cavities.

The process of decay does not happen overnight, but the timeline can be unique to each patient depending on the softness of their enamel, their oral hygiene habits and how much dietary sugars they consume. Realistically, it can take weeks, months or even years for a cavity to cause the type of damage that requires a filling or other restorative treatment from a dentist. This is why some cavities are so small that your dentist may simply want to “watch” them and not repair them right away.

The Size of the Cavity Can Determine the Type of Repair

It is not uncommon for patients to hear they have a small cavity that needs to be filled in the next few months. Such cavities are often minor and probably not producing pain, sensitivity or other symptoms. However, they can give patients the false perception that this cavity can wait until their next checkup or even be ignored. Waiting too long to fill a small cavity can mean the difference in a simple, one-surface filling and a more costly two-surface filling or even a dental crown. While you can certainly do your part to try and prevent fast cavity growth, there is no way to accurately determine how long it will take for your cavity to become large enough to warrant more invasive or costly repair.

Do you have a small cavity in your mouth that needs attention? Act sooner rather than later. If it is cost you are worried about, ask your dentist about insurance coverage or payment plans. At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we want to restore your smile in the most conservative ways possible. Call today for cavity repair in Roswell.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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