No matter who you are, there is no reason to skip your two dental visits a month. Preventative dental care is one of the most important ways to protect your teeth and gums for your entire life. And even if you aren’t noticing an issues currently, that doesn’t mean you might not have underlying issues. Our teeth are not really designed to give early warning signs when decay takes route. And it is common that by the time severe pain or other symptoms arise, the damage is already done. That said, if you have had dental work done in the past, there is even another reason you should be seeing the dentist twice per year. Certain dental procedures can in fact increase the likelihood of decay returning.
Yes, there is an increased risk of dental decay. The reason for this is that dental bridges are attached to existing teeth. This requires dental crowns to be used. Crowns and bridges have an increased risk of dental decay. Where the natural tooth meets the crown is now an area where bacteria can grow if you do not carefully brush and floss your teeth. Because of this it is often common for cavities to form near a bridge or a dental crown. This is why it is extra important to see your dentist for your regular visits. Instead of waiting until you notice an issue with your bridge or crown, your dentist can inspect it every 6 months and note any early signs of decay before they progress. Professional cleanings can also remove the plaque you might not be able to remove on your own.
Bridges and crowns aren’t the only dental implement that has this risk. The places where a tooth meets with a filling are also at an increased risk for dental decay to return. Because of this sometimes the tooth around the filling starts to decay leading to the filling become loose or for a gap to form inside the tooth. This can lead to liquid getting inside the tooth. This is often referred to as a leaky filling by patients. Liquid will suddenly come dripping out of a tooth because it got trapped between the filling and the newly formed gap. Again, x-rays at a regular dental appointment can help prevent this from happening.
It is recommended that you see a dentist at least twice a year. But if you ever notice a dental issue forming between your dental appointments it is recommended you see a dentist sooner rather than later. Dental issues should never be ignored. If you feel like a filling is loose or a crown or bridge is wiggling in place, you shouldn’t wait months to have it checked. With all dental issues, early response is the best solution. While a dental issue might not be an emergency, you should not wait. See if a dentist can see you in a few days or weeks.
If you live in the Greater Boston are and are in need of dental services, please give us a call. We work with patients of all ages at our office in Revere Massachusetts. If you have any questions about our services or simply need to setup a cleaning and exam, we would be happy to get that setup.
No matter who you are, there is no reason to skip your two dental visits a month. Preventative dental care is one of the most important
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