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I’m Postponing Dental Treatment Because It’s Not Bothering Me


stop-watches-300x133It can be tempting to put off your visits to the dentist if you feel like nothing is wrong with your smile. However, it’s important to get routine care so that you can avoid serious problems that might warrant interventions like tooth removal.

Your smile benefits from periodic professional cleanings because they can clear away any plaque and bacteria that linger despite your daily brushing and flossing. Dental hygienists can access the areas of your smile that are particularly hard for you to reach, such as the rear sides of your teeth along the gum line.

Oral bacteria, which are found in plaque, can cause tooth decay and gum disease. These conditions have more severe consequences as they become more advanced, and they can ultimately create the need for tooth removal. If you are monitored by a dentist at least twice a year, your dentist will have a much better chance of identifying cavities when they are small and periodontal disease is at its mildest form, when it responds well to treatment. Furthermore, some advanced oral diseases may require a referral to a specialist, such as an oral surgeon.

Other issues unrelated to routine dental care, such as impacted wisdom teeth, can become problematic at any time yet are quite unpredictable. These concerns, too, should be addressed without delay. In fact, patients often choose to have an oral surgeon extract their wisdom teeth before they even become symptomatic.

Impacted wisdom teeth can have significant consequences. They’re more likely to develop abscesses, cysts and tumors. They can also damage surrounding teeth as they try to push through the gums. It’s easiest to remove the wisdom teeth in patients who are younger than their mid-twenties, so this may be another motivating factor in scheduling your wisdom teeth extraction.

Be sure to get your routine dental care every six months. Schedule an exam and cleaning at least twice a year to protect your oral health and reduce your risk of developing advanced oral diseases.

To see a specialist, call us at Austin Oral Surgery to discuss your care options with our professional team!