Get all cavities filled as recommended by dentist?

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Jun 29 22 Comments

I haven't been to a dentist in last few years until today and I have been told by the dentist that 11 of my posterior molars/teeth have cavities that need filling. The dentist is charging my insurance almost $900 and my share of the cost is almost nothing.

My concern is that only 3-4 teeth have proper cavities that are dentin-level deep and serious be filled. The remaining ones seem like micro-cavities.

Should I get them all filled without waiting to see if those micro-cavities mature into full cavities 5-10 years from now. The problem is Im afraid to get the dental-drill work done because then I'll have to get refills done every 4-5 years indefinitely. What would you recommend and how do you typically decide on this?

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  • Google gcbA37
    You should trust your dentist or go find other dentist. $900 is also very cheap when it comes to dental cost. So i would probably do it as long as my dentist is good.
    Jun 29 0
  • One Medical ###
    Get a second opinion. I've been in a similar situation, but the 9 cavities I was supposed to have filled only resulted in two I got filled by another dentist. The others haven't developed into proper cavities even 14 years later
    Jun 29 4
    • Amazon / Eng nutboy39
      Even still, it doesn’t mean that fillings are harmful, and even though you got lucky, there’s still a chance that minor cavities can cause bigger problems down the line. With almost no out-of-pocket expense for OP, it seems like a no-brainer.
      Jun 29
    • RingCentral / Finance
      Owle

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      Problem is once you lose enamel (to fix the micro-cavities or stains on the molars), you lose it forever. It never grows back. It's almost free for me only now, but refills will come at a cost. Why fix something if it ain't broke?
      Jun 29
    • RingCentral / Finance
      Owle

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      Also, how do I get a second opinion? I have the X-ray pictures and a 4 minute video of all the 11 'cavities' that I captured in the dentist's office when he was showing them to us on his screen.
      Jun 29
    • New / Eng h7j8
      Just call another dentists office and say you want a second opinion, see if they want to look at your pictures or take new ones
      Jun 30
  • Amazon lslu36
    If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. Never trust a dentist, get a second opinion on something like this.
    Jun 29 0
  • Google oxto67
    Sounds like nonsense. 900 for 11 cavities ? Treating one cavity costs more than that. Are you sure 900 is not your responsibility while he charges rest to the insurance ?

    If it's indeed 900, then sounds fishy. What kind of a self respecting dentists fills up 11 cavities for only 900
    Jun 29 1
    • Google / Eng
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      Bro look up Indian street dentist.
      Jun 30
  • Google / Project kXgR05
    Get a second opinion.

    I asked my dentist friend about this. They informally call this potential as "drilling for money." Some unethical or very aggressive dentists drill at the slightest indication of a cavity. The "beauty" of this is the "evidence" is destroyed when you drill.

    He said it unfortunately happens. Especially if you have a low out-of-pocket cost, this can be a great way for the office to get extra revenue with little financial impact to you (wonders of a 3rd party paper system). Getting new customers isn't easy so getting more revenue during check-ups is easier (but unethical).

    And when the fillings fail, they get to charge you again. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
    Jun 30 0
  • Amazon +?
    Fix your teeth, then start taking care of them with regular maintenance. This price is actually quite low, but the cost of neglecting the teeth is higher. If you don't trust this dentist, change dentists right away.
    Jun 29 0
  • Get a second opinion. Some of black spots don’t need to be filled. I have some of those for years and they never developed to cavities, but I go to dentist every 6 months for checking and cleaning. Perhaps your dentist knows that you will not come back that soon and is proposing to fill all them just to prevent them to get worse.
    Jun 29 0
  • Hulu a-list
    Get that shit fixed asap before cavities turn into root canals
    Jun 29 0
  • Amazon / Eng nutboy39
    $900 overall is pretty fair, and as you mentioned there’s little cost to you. Just get them filled, man. Preventative maintenance; there’s not really any downside.
    Jun 29 0
  • Two Sigma MkRe68
    Get a second opinion. Lots of differing opinions among dentists on how aggressively to tackle microcavities.
    Jun 29 0
  • New / Eng kebabby
    Superficial cavities can cause sensitivity so getting the minor ones filled may be beneficial if you've had any soreness. If you're worried about the materials in sealants leaching into your body then just do the major ones and use remineralizing toothpastes and eat your damn veggies!
    Jun 29 0
  • Amazon kXaQ55
    Good fillings can last for many years. I have a very large one that’s slowly crumbling away but x-rays show that cracks in it are superficial and might end up being 15-20 years old before it gets replaced.

    Get your teeth done man, you are shlt at looking after them.
    Jun 30 0
  • Meetup q73smt
    Cavities are tech debt for your face. Ignore at your own peril.
    Jun 30 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
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    You should go every 6 months. You fucked up.
    Jun 29 0
  • Palantir / Eng ya know if
    Look up the Nytimes article on microcavities
    Jun 29 0
  • Amazon / Product
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    Yeah, unless you want root canals (I do NOT suggest that...) get it taken care of
    Jun 29 0