NU Online News Service, Sept. 10, 2004, 4:10 p.m. EDT
Filling a typical cavity and maintaining the filling could cost about $1,788 over the course of a patient’s lifetime.[@@]
Researchers at the Data Analysis Center, Seattle, have based that figure on an analysis of a database of more than 77 million dental claims. The researchers looked at the typical lifetime cost of handling a cavity in a front tooth for a 10-year-old who will live to age 79.