My sophomore year in college, I bought a great used boat. It was an aluminum boat with a 25 horsepower Mercury motor. I had countless adventures in it over the years...... fishing, duck hunting, scuba diving, exploring- you name it. The motor was always so reliable. It always started right up and ran smooth. That is, until the day that it didn't. No big deal, I thought. I'll just take it to the mechanic and get it fixed. Imagine my surprise when he told me that the motor was locked up and it would cost nearly as much to fix it as it would to buy a new one! “How did this happen?” I thought.
It turns out that in the four years I owned it, I never once took it for professional service or maintenance. I assumed it was sufficient to just put gas and oil in it. I thought there would surely be some warning signs before a serious problem arose. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I learned a very expensive lesson that day and it's one I'm reminded of daily in my Winchester dental office.
Every day I'm confronted with patients who have very serious dental problems as a result of neglect. The bad part is that most of these problems would have been much less serious and much less costly if they had been caught earlier. Routine dental exams and radiographs are extremely important because they allow us to catch small problems and deal with them before they become big problems. Consider the three examples below. In each of these cases, you can see there are no visible problems and none of them were experiencing pain or sensitivity. However, bitewing radiographs revealed small areas of decay in between the teeth (flossing cavities) that couldn’t be seen with the naked eye. In each case, we were able to remove the decay and place conservative tooth colored fillings.
If these had not been caught so early, they might have led to pain, infection, much more costly treatment like root canals and crowns, or even tooth loss. Don’t assume that all is well just because you have no pain or visible problems with your teeth. Usually, once a tooth is hurting, it’s not a quick and easy fix anymore. Dental problems only get worse and more expensive when they are neglected. Has it been a while since you’ve had a checkup? Do you have problems or concerns about something in your mouth? Then why are you waiting! The problems won't go away on their own. Call today and get it taken care of!
"There is no avoidance in delay"