Why leaving issues is never advisable
Is it ok to ignore my dental complaints?
While a slight niggle can be easy to ignore, ignoring your dental issues can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to your long-term health and wellbeing.
In some cases, a small change to your oral health can be an early indicator of larger issues in play; in any case, early intervention is always the best way to prevent costly restoration and surgery.
So what are the consequences that can come from ignoring an ache, sensitivity or change in colour?
– Agonising toothache
If a little soreness is manageable, an agonising toothache can drive even the most tolerant of people beyond sense.
A toothache that starts when you chew or come into contact with temperature changes can soon become a nagging pain that disrupts everything in your day; so swap the saline salt washes for a quick trip to your dentist
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– Exacerbation of pre-existing ailments
Patients with heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, dementia, autoimmune diseases and even some types of cancer have the greatest to benefit from regular dental check-ups. With the right dental advice, patients can ensure the health and longevity of their smile without costly intervention and embarrassing extractions.
– Chronic bad breath and sudden gum bleeds
Gum disease starts inconspicuously enough – usually with blood during brushing – but can escalate to create embarrassing and unavoidable situations.
– Expensive surgery
Most root canals start as a simple spot of decay that develops and tunnels deep into the tooth; some patients are surprised to find that a slightly sensitive tooth was a warning sign that soon resulted in a dead tooth.
A root canal can be expensive to undertake and require multiple appointments to fix as dentists are required to: dig out decay, pack the area with antibacterial dressings, fill the root cavity and fit a custom shaped and coloured crown.
– Lost teeth
Early intervention is the only way to prevent the premature loss of teeth. Ignoring a minor discomfort can lead to the spread of disease and the death of a tooth from the root up.
While dentists can do their best to restore teeth and prevent further damage, dentists can’t undo years of decay and damage inflicted on gums.
– Costly reconstructive work
Dental implants and veneers are sometimes necessary to undo damage caused by unaddressed dental issues.
These don’t just even up the smile, but makes eating and talking easy – which in turn restores more than just the patient’s confidence.
Getting a handle on a niggling dental discomfort is paramount to ensuring the longevity and health of your smile.
If you would like more information on organising a check-up or setting up regular appointments, please contact our dental clinic in Parramatta on 02 8004 0055.
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