You just love that fresh, clean feeling you get when you get your teeth cleaned. Since the pandemic, you have lived in fear of the fate of your teeth. Now, you have been vaccinated; your teeth are clean and bright and, the moment of truth comes.

In walks the dentist with his tiny sharp, picky instruments. And, then…comes the news:  

“Jane, you have some substantial silver fillings that appear to have been placed years ago; one has a cavity around the edge, and the other has a graying area on the tooth enamel. In my professional opinion, they may be leaking and need to be replaced.

  “BUT,” you say, “nothing is hurting. I don’t have insurance. It will be a lot of money. Why should I replace a filling that is not causing me pain?”

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Let’s talk about this a little bit…Waiting is a gamble. The fillings could just need to be replaced with a comparatively minimal expense. Silver fillings do have some drawbacks. They are not aesthetically pleasing and, over time, may cause teeth to turn gray. They also expand as they age, which can cause teeth to crack or break. If a patient chooses to delay the treatment, as Jane did, they may be looking at a root canal, foundation, and a crown (cap). This will make the needed dentistry substantially more expensive than a replacement bonded filling. 

There are Options for Paying for Your Treatment

And, now, for some good news. We have a couple of options for you to help pay for your needed treatment. We have partnered with CareCredit. This is a credit card that pays for health. With shorter term financing options of 6, 12, 18 months, no interest is charged on purchases of $200 or more when you make the minimum monthly payments and pay the total amount due by the promotional period’s end. If you do not, interest is charged from the original purchase date.*

Dr. Bob’s Smile Plan

Additionally, we have Dr. Bob’s Smile Plan, our in-office Dental Health Care Plan designed for patients with no dental insurance. You can find that information on our website at 

Dentistry is not Expensive-Neglect is.

Obviously, the cheapest filling is one you never get. If you develop one, the treatment will never cost less than right after it is discovered. While putting off treatment is not as drastic as a bullet through your head, it just may put a big hole in your wallet. 

Call us if we have diagnosed treatment that you have delayed. Don’t end up like Jane.