What Side Effects Are There to Waiting on Getting Dental Care?

Going to the dentist probably isn’t on your list of favorite things to do. Still, it is important to keep up with your regular dental visits. If you put off dental care today, you may be dealing with a bigger problem tomorrow.

Miss Problems During Their Earliest Stages
One of the most important reasons to have your teeth checked out regularly is to catch potential problems when they are in their earliest stages. A small cavity may be reversible, or a new oral hygiene regimen could take care of your gingivitis. Instead, if you wait until the issue turns into a major problem, your treatment options may be limited. You might need extensive dental work to treat the issue, but had you just gone to the dentist every six months as recommended, this wouldn’t be necessary.

Lose Your Tooth

The longer that you wait for dental care, the fewer treatment options will exist. In fact, you might not be able to save your tooth any longer. If you wait too long to visit the dentist, the damage or disease may become so severe that the only way to correct the problem is with extraction. Then you’ll have to consider restorative options like implants or bridges to fill in the gap.

Spend More Money
While it might not be an oral side effect, a financial side effect of delaying dental care is that you might spend more money. For example, treating a cavity with a filling in its early stages is inexpensive. On the other hand, putting it off until you need a major filling plus a root canal will dramatically increase the cost of your treatment.

Don’t put off your dental care any longer. Call us today to set up your next appointment and to let us evaluate the health of your mouth.