Finding out that you need dental treatment can feel overwhelming. Life is busy. You have a budget. You may have hundreds of other responsibilities that tug at your time and your wallet. Amidst all that you have going on, you may feel frustrated at the very thought of having to spend a few hours in the dentist’s office. We can understand this. However, there are very good reasons to get the dental treatment that has been recommended for you sooner rather than later.
Putting off dental care may seem like a necessity, but it can lead to consequences that are far more disruptive than the initial treatment. Here’s what can happen if you wait to see the dentist:
- That small cavity that was seen on your x-ray will grow larger. Complications are the natural byproduct of untreated dental problems.
- You may need care that you didn’t need initially. A small cavity can be repaired relatively quickly and easily with conservative restorative treatment like a tooth-colored filling. If the problem goes untreated and then becomes a bigger problem, you may need to have more natural material removed and a larger restoration, such as a crown, to restore form to the tooth.
- Higher costs. Obviously, the more extensive damage becomes, the more that goes into successful repair. This typically means a greater investment into the right materials; those that will last years under the force of biting and chewing.
- Pain. Let’s not forget that dental problems typically cause pain at some point. If you are lucky enough to be told you have a cavity before you feel it, you are lucky, indeed. Take the earliest opportunity to correct the problem before the nerve in the affected tooth become irritated.
The best way to know if you have a small dental problem (or no dental problems at all!) is to see your dentist. Now is a great time to schedule your routine checkup or consultation for symptoms that have developed since your last visit. Speak with a friendly staff member at Morris County Dental Associates when you call 973-328-1225.