You have been told for your entire life that seeing a dentist is important. You know that coming to the office on a routine basis is your best chance at being able to keep your teeth for the rest of your life and yet many patients still choose not to come to the office.
There are many things that keep people away, but the number one cause is fear. Fear comes in many forms. While most people are afraid that their treatment will be painful or uncomfortable, other people fear the bill. Just the thought of going to the dentist and paying that money for a routine maintenance is more than some people can handle.
It’s understandable to feel that way, but we want you to think about your car for a moment. You purchase a car so that it will last for as long as you want to keep it. In order to make that car last, you have to change the oil, filters, and take care of the tires on a routine basis.
You can’t neglect servicing your vehicle and expect it to run for very long at all. At some point, you will find yourself sitting on the side of the road with smoke coming out from under your hood.
The same goes for your smile. You can’t neglect the care your smile needs and then expect your teeth to last for the rest of your life.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Benjamin Franklin is famous for this adage we have come to believe at Antoine Dental Center. You can take one of two approaches to dental care. You can keep up with your routine appointments and cleanings and deal with small problems as they come. Or you can only come to the dentist when you know you have a big problem on your hands.
You might think that the two average out, but they do not. The cost of placing a single dental implant is roughly the same cost as 12 ½ YEARS of semi-annual routine cleanings. Wouldn’t it be better to pay for those routine cleanings and never need the dental implant?
What Happens at a Dental Cleaning and Exam
Maybe it’s been awhile since you have been to the dentist, and you’re unsure of what to expect. We understand that discomfort, so let’s take a moment to discuss what will happen when you come into the office for your next cleaning and exam appointment.
X-rays – The first thing we will do is take fresh X-rays of your jaw. This will show us where your teeth and bone are and whether or not there is any damage under the surface of your gums. X-rays can also show cavities between teeth that are unseen with any of our other instruments.
Cleaning – Once we have taken the X-rays, we will proceed with your cleaning. One of our talented and gentle hygienists will remove the buildup of plaque and tartar from your teeth. If you haven’t been to the office in a while, this process can seem tedious, but we can offer you some light sedation if it helps. Once the cleaning is complete, you will feel like a whole new person!
Exam – Now that your teeth are clean and your images are taken, one of our doctors will come and speak with you about your smile. We will let you know what we see and ask what you would like to see happen for your smile. If any additional work is needed, this is when we will discuss that with you. We will also check for signs of infection or oral cancer.
Take Care of Problems While They Are Small
Cavities Turn into Root Canals
Gum Disease Turns into Implants
Cosmetic Flaws Turn into Smile Makeovers
As you can see from the list above, it doesn’t take much for something small to turn into something very large. By maintaining routine dental appointments, we can catch problems and solve them before they turn into anything major.
Wouldn’t it be better to pay a little bit extra for a deep cleaning to get rid of gum disease than to have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to replace your teeth?
Get Started with Your Next Appointment
Take our advice: don’t neglect your teeth. Find other areas of your life to save money, but never neglect the health of your teeth in order to save a buck. It’s just not worth it in the end. If you are ready to get back to a pattern of semi-annual cleanings and exams, give us a call. We are ready and waiting to help you have a happier, healthier smile. We can’t wait to hear from you, so contact us today!