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There is a reason that dentists recommend seeing you every six months. If you think that just because you don’t have any pain then you must be doing a good job with your dental health, think again. Many cavities do not produce any symptoms whatsoever and even large cavities can exist without discomfort. However, leaving untreated and undetected tooth decay in your mouth for a long period of time can result in very painful (and costly) dental complications.

Your routine dental checkup can be used to detect cavities at their earliest stages and treat them before it further damages the tooth or the surrounding gum tissue. Without a professional cavity treatment that includes a dental filling, an area of decay can grow progressively larger over time. This will result in decay on the entire crown portion of the tooth and it could break off and require an artificial crown. Untreated decay will continue to cause havoc by also destroying nearby enamel until it has eroded into the tooth chamber. Once the nerve of the tooth has become infected, an abscess will form and it is then that you will realize the damage. Abscesses are very painful and you will be facing a root canal instead of a dental filling. Otherwise, the tooth will need to be extracted.

Did you know that early cavity detection and treatment also prevents the decay from spreading to other teeth in your mouth? Yes, even a small cavity can “jump” to the adjacent tooth. Instead of one filling, you will need two teeth restored.

The statement stands true that “dental care is not expensive, but neglect is.” The next time you think you are keeping up with your dental health just fine on your own, remember the consequences of letting a (painless) cavity go untreated.

When your dentist tells you that you have a cavity, you may not be inclined to have it treated right away unless it’s actually causing you some discomfort. Some cavities have absolutely no symptoms, no matter how large they are. Other people may find that even the tiniest area of decalcification causes some sensitivity. If your dentist identifies an area of decay in its early stages, it’s best to have it treated as soon as possible.

Early treatment prevents complications due to the decay becoming progressively larger. Large areas of decay can cause the entire crown portion of the tooth to break off or need a crown. Untreated decay will continue to cause destruction of nearby enamel in the same tooth, until it has severely broken down or eroded into the nerve chamber. Once the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, it will abscess and typically cause severe pain. By this point, a filling is no longer effective treatment, and the tooth will require root canal therapy in order to prevent extraction.

Early treatment prevents decay from spreading to adjacent teeth. Even a very small cavity between the teeth can “jump” to the next tooth. These areas are in close proximity to one another, and any lack of hygiene between the teeth (such as flossing) will encourage the decay to spread even faster. Instead of one tooth to have restored, you’ll have two.

Early treatment by your dentist keeps costs lower. Small fillings obviously cost less to have performed than a large filling, or even a root canal and crown. The longer the decay goes untreated, the bigger and more expensive it becomes to treat.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

230 W 41st St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9690


Monday - Friday - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Our Patient Reviews

Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).


I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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