Why Fix It If It Doesn’t Hurt
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Patients sometimes ask, “Why fix it, if it doesn’t hurt?” They might ask this question because they quit treatment midway at another dental office, or because we’ve diagnosed something new that could impact their dental health and/or general health!
“Why fix it?” is a great question, and our best answer is that an absence of pain isn’t a guarantee of good dental health. As an example, a tooth could have a small amount of decay in it, which isn’t leading to pain. But if a small filling isn’t placed, the problem could develop into a bigger problem, eventually requiring a larger filling or even a crown and root canal.
Fillings can also wear out over time, and decay can form between the filling and tooth, or in a new area on the tooth.
Gum disease also often starts out and gains ground with little pain involved. At advanced stages of periodontitis, the gums may bleed and/or exude pus, but the early stages of gum disease often involve little or no pain, and no obvious signs. Yet, if left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, as well as a host of other health problems, such as strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes.
Thanks to today’s advanced X-ray technology, we’re now able to detect dental problems at their earliest starting points, which can help ensure that your dental treatment is easier and less expensive.
The best approach to dental care is to address problem areas as soon as they’re diagnosed, which is usually long before the pain arises. A proactive approach to your dental health can not only help avoid a potential dental emergency, but can also pay off in the long run.
If you have been putting off a recommended treatment or procedure because you’re afraid the treatment may be painful, we invite you to come in for a free dental consultation. During the consultation, we can talk about your specific health and concerns, as well as options in sedation dentistry.
To discuss a specific dental issue, or to schedule your free dental consultation or appointment, please call or e-mail the dental office that’s near to you:
Sedation Dentist Near Me
Our sedation dental office is near you if you live or work in: Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, southeast Aurora, Parker, Denver Tech Center, Meridian, Inverness, or Park Meadows.