Why Didn’t I Catch This Problem Before I Needed Dentures

Why Didn't I Catch This Problem Before I Needed Dentures

When it comes to dental care, prevention is always better than the cure. Advances in dental technology allow us to treat and fix almost any dental problem, from a simply cavity to major tooth loss. In fact, one of the most exciting parts of being a dentist is learning about new techniques and products to help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.

While these solutions are effective, they have costs associated in the form of money, time, inconvenience and/or discomfort. On the scale of pain for gain, dentures are definitely one of the most involved and expensive ways to repair your smile. Which is why they are often used as a last resort after other options have been exhausted.

If you need dentures are are asking yourself ‘Why didn’t I catch this sooner?’, here are a couple things to think about.

REPEATEDLY MISSING DENTAL CHECK-UPS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO NEEDING DENTURES IN THE FUTURE

While going to the dentist might not be your idea of a fun afternoon, an hour or two twice a year can make a huge difference in whether or not you have to get dentures someday. Simply put, we can help you avoid a situation where dentures are the only option.

While twice a year is the generally accepted standard, the American Dental Association actually specifies that you should let your dentist recommend how often to come in. This is because we know your teeth and how much attention they need.

Check-ups are so important because they allow us to assess your teeth and stop problems as soon as possible. Even taking a year off from going to the dentist can wreak havoc on your smile. Because your eat and drink everyday, you expose your teeth to cavity causing substances constantly. Then if you fail to properly remove those substances, the cycle of decay starts and worsens with each passing day.

Another reason twice-yearly dental appointments are so important is because of the deep cleaning we do at your appointment. Our hygienists are able to remove plaque with special instruments and prevent calculus from forming. Calculus is calcified plaque that is hard to remove with a toothbrush but easy for us to remove with our specialized tools and training

We also know what to look for. The average Joe might not know the early signs of gum disease but our dental experts live and breathe prevention. We look at teeth all day long and can immediately pick up on a potential problem that you might not be privy to.

FAILING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LESS-INVASIVE FIXES CAN LEAD TO TOOTH LOSS AND DENTURES

Small dental issues can be solved simply, but when you ignore your teeth the problem can become complicated and require an inconvenient solution. In fact, for a lot of people, by the time they are in enough pain to do something about the issue, it might be too late.

For example, if you notice some sensitivity on a tooth and come into our office, we can easily diagnose and treat the cavity with a simple filling. If yo you keep good oral hygiene practices up, it is likely that the tooth will not cause any more problems.

But if you let the cavity fester it will continue to decay. Then at some point, a filling or crown won’t even make a dent in the decay and your tooth can become infected. Then the discussion turns to root canals and extraction, which is not what you want.

If it’s gum disease you are struggling with, we can do periodontal therapy to mitigate the issue and prevent you have from gum grafts or tooth loss due to gum disease.

If you are already in a situation that requires dentures, don’t beat yourself up and let us help you get back on track. If you are not there yet, but need some improvement, come visit us and we can help you get motivated.

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