Discomfort from a toothache is a symptom that can identify a dental problem. But there are other indicators that you are dealing with dental issues that are easier to ignore, and the result can be much more costly than if you had just kept the appointment with the dentist in the first place.
For example, if your gums bleed without provocation, you could be experiencing the onset of gum disease. Left untreated, this can escalate into periodontitis which can lead to tooth loss. There are many other symptoms such as swollen, red gum tissue; chronic bad breath; teeth feeling loose; or gum tissue pulling away. Treatment is required at this stage to save your teeth. Prompt attention at the first sign of a problem would have been much easier.
You’ve been told you have a small cavity. You can’t feel it yet so you opt to get it filled at your next appointment. Very quickly that small cavity can grow allowing bacteria to permeate the tooth resulting in an abscess. You’re told the only action that can save your tooth now is root canal therapy. Costly and time consuming treatment could have been prevented if treatment had been rendered at the time of discovery.
Your wisdom teeth are impacted as there is insufficient space for them to erupt properly. You don’t have any discomfort, but your dentist has suggested you have them extracted as a pre-emptive measure. But it will require oral surgery and you don’t want to take the time. Over the next months you notice your teeth are shifting … those wisdom teeth are trying to find room to come in. So you end up having them extracted, and require teeth straightening as well.
You can experience tooth loss from trauma, decay, or disease; but if you don’t replace lost dentition in the belief that one or two missing teeth can’t hurt, you might be surprised at the result. Remaining teeth can shift creating a malocclusion; bone loss in gums where teeth are missing can result in appearance changes; and the inability to eat the foods you love, speak clearly, and smile with confidence can take the joys out of life we take for granted.
Postponing needed dental treatment can prove costly so follow your dentist’s recommendations to maintain great oral health.
Instead, schedule an appointment with our team today!