Dental problems don’t generally hurt or become noticeable until they are major:
- If a cavity hurts, it is likely already into the nerve (or close) and will need a root canal.
- If a tooth breaks, it likely has a large cavity that weakened it or has a deep crack that could have been treated.
- If a tooth hurts when you bite down or if your gums swell, it’s almost always an abscess.
The issue with major dental problems is that they require major dental treatment. In all of these cases, the treatment would either be a root canal, crown, or teeth extraction. Our goal is to prevent major dental work whenever possible. That’s where preventative dental care comes in.
Preventative dental care consists of regular professional cleanings, diagnostic x-rays, and examinations. These visits allow us to recognize potential problems and address them in the form of routine changes like home care or diet change.
If a problem that needs repair does show up, we have a much better chance catching it before it becomes major and requires more expensive treatment. Even worse, your tooth could have to be removed. Our goal is to provide you with dental care that keeps your smile healthy for a lifetime. Regular checkup and cleanings are the cornerstone of that goal.