There are many different reasons why some patients avoid going to the dentist. Maybe they have a fear of pain and discomfort, or they feel as though they don’t have the money to have necessary dental work performed. However, these individuals are also the ones who may need extensive dental work to restore the health of their smiles. Others avoid going to the dentist unless they have an emergency, and skip routine visits for cleanings and evaluations. To achieve better oral health, however, it is important that patients make their dental visits a priority. Below are just three times when skipping the dentist is not an option:
- Routine evaluations and cleanings – according to the American Dental Association, patients are strongly encouraged to book routine visits with their dentist every six months. During this visit, a physical evaluation is performed, as well as a thorough teeth cleaning by the dental hygienists. Depending on how long it has been, or if patients have a concern that they need addressed, the dentist may also take a series of x-rays during these visits to view the health of the teeth, gums, and bone beneath the gumline. Maintaining these appointments is critical to catching problems early to avoid expensive future issues.
- Damaged teeth – if you have a tooth that is chipped or cracked, it needs to be evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible—especially if you are dealing with pain. Dr. Sharon Schindler of Schindler Dentistry will assess the damage of the tooth and make a recommendation regarding the best treatment. In some cases, it may lead to the placement of composite resin bonding or a porcelain veneer, while other situations may require more invasive options such as root canal therapy or extraction.
- Pain – if you have a toothache, it is vital that you contact a dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation and treatment. In many instances, toothaches and other forms of pain are an indicator of a serious dental concern.
Are you interested in preventing problems and catching issues early enough for successful intervention?
The team at Schindler Dentistry in Columbus, Ohio encourages you to book a consultation appointment with your dentist to have a full evaluation and cleaning performed. Dr. Sharon Schindler and her team are conveniently located at 775 Yard Street, Suite #175 and accepts new patients who call for a visit at (614) 586-0609.