Your dentist told you that one of your teeth has something wrong with it, but you’ve yet to experience any symptoms whatsoever. Even on the x-rays, you can see the visible damage that your dentist has pointed out to you. Or, maybe you’ve seen the tooth with an intraoral camera and see exactly what is going on…but you’re still not convinced that you need to have it treated, simply because it does not hurt.
Putting dental care off simply because of the lack of symptoms such as pain or swelling is not a good indicator of whether or not treatment should be completed. There are many instances of severely decayed, fractured, or diseased teeth that cause no symptoms to the patient whatsoever, yet still allow dangerous infection to exist in the body of the patient. Waiting until the tooth hurts before having a filling or dental crown placed may even result in infections that require hospitalization. For instance, abscessed teeth may arise due to untreated tooth decay. These abscesses have the potential to enter into other areas of the head, causing infection in some instances even up to the brain. While this is not extremely common, it is not unheard of.
Electing to have restorative treatment performed before pain starts means that your care can be less invasive to the teeth, and ultimately save you money over the lifetime of your smile. Many severe dental treatments could have been prevented or affordably repaired if they were treated at the time they were first diagnosed. Don’t sacrifice the health and appearance of your smile, or your body. Routine dental visits help stop cavities in their track, and prevent complications later on.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care
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