Ask The Expert: What Actually Happens To Your Teeth When You’re “Too Busy” To See The Dentist

Here's why you should visit the dentist regularly.
08 March 2019

Are you constantly making excuses not to go to the dentist?

“It’s not uncommon for a person with a broken tooth to say, ‘This happened a while ago, but it’s started hurting, so I thought I should get it looked at it,'” says, Dr Brendan Gin from Smilefocus.

Dr Gin commonly hears his patients say, “Things are fine – nothing hurts.” It’s often the reason people postpone seeing the dentist for regular check-ups. The main problem with using
pain as a reason to see the dentist is that pain usually means the problem is in an advanced stage.

Here are some useful tips to get you closer to having that perfect smile:

Don’t Wait till It Hurts
If you start experiencing marked cold sensitivity, pain on biting or even an ache that starts on its own, it may mean that the nerve of the tooth is now involved. However, it is quite common for a person to have a cavity that is well into the nerve of the tooth or well below the gum line, who experiences no discomfort whatsoever.

By the time it starts to hurt, instead of a simple filling in the tooth to properly restore it, the treatment required can be a lot more complex. Frequently, root canal treatment or gum surgery is required as well as a filling or a crown to fix the now-advanced cavity.

No Pain Doesn’t Mean Nothing’s Wrong
Gum problems (gingivitis and periodontal disease) are also almost always painless; you can be losing the supporting gums and bone that hold your teeth to your jaw without ever experiencing pain. In fact, periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in people over 30 years old.

Regular Visits Deter Problems
Regular dental visits including annual X-rays are often all that are needed to prevent problems with your teeth and gums, or to catch problems in their earliest stages.

If you have an increase in sensitivity, achiness or a tooth or filling that has broken, seek a professional evaluation immediately. It may lessen the scope of the treatment needed to restore the tooth. With regular 6- to 12-month preventative visits to your dentist, you not only avoid possible inconvenient or painful emergencies, but also ensure that your teeth look great and healthy.

Book an appointment with Smilefocus today:

1 Orchard Blvd, Camden Medical
Centre, #08-02 and #14-02, 248649
Tel: 6733 9882 / 6834 0877


From The Finder (Issue 297) , March 2019

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