5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Damaged Teeth

If the tooth doesn’t hurt, do you still have to fix it? A badly damaged tooth can cause more problems than you might think, even if you don’t feel anything going on. Although Smile by Design is committed to providing the least-invasive dental care necessary, there are some caseswhere we believe it’s better to take action as soon as possible.

1. A Toothache Or Dental Emergency Is Just Around The Corner.

A fractured, decayed, or damaged tooth may not cause you any problems today, but it could cause severe pain tomorrow. Neglecting oral health needs only cause them to progress into more involved problems. Unfortunately, they do not go away on their own! Smile by Design can provide you with customised treatment options like white fillings or porcelain crowns to help you avoid an unwanted toothache.

2. Cavities Can Spread To Adjacent Teeth.

Cavities come from bacteria. Once a tooth develops a cavity, that bacteria can spread to the next tooth. This causes a new cavity to develop there as well. Early treatment can prevent new cavities from forming. Larger areas of damaged enamel should be treated by placing a dental crown over the tooth. If caught early enough, only a small tooth-colored filling or composite bonding may be all that is needed.

3. Teeth Can Begin To Shift Out Of Place.

If you’re missing a tooth, other teeth will begin to drift, lean and shift. Even teeth in the opposite arch can be affected. Misaligned teeth can contribute to Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (known as TMJ disorder), abnormal tooth wear and gum disease. Replacing your missing teeth with a dental implant can preserve proper spacing and tooth function. Implants are excellent tooth replacement options because they are stronger than natural teeth. Their reliability and stability allow them to function for a lifetime. If misalignment has already occurred, therapy such as Invisalign treatment can correct tooth positioning as you plan your replacement treatment.

4. Your Tooth Repair Needs Can Become More Complex Over Time.

Broken or worn teeth will continue to wear down because they cannot withstand normal use, day after day. Covering the tooth with a porcelain crown will restore both appearance and function to teeth like this. Should the irregularities be minor, such as chipped teeth or worn enamel, porcelain veneers or composite veneers are a perfect option. Dr. Tam offers multiple pain free dentistry options to keep patients comfortable during their restorative care.

5. You Might Lose Your Tooth Completely.

Neglecting your oral health doesn’t make dental problems go away. Unfortunately though, many people put dental needs off until there is too much pain to bear.  Sometimes that makes it too late for a tooth restoration to be possible because there comes a point where there is no longer enough healthy tooth structure for repair. In order to prevent disease from spreading to other teeth, or causing chronic pain, these teeth must be removed. If this is the case, Dr. Tam will discuss all viable tooth replacement options with you, such as dental implants and porcelain crowns.

Don’t Delay Getting The Best Dental Care

It’s not uncommon for people to have questions about whichsolutionwill give the best results for their personal oral health needs. Smile by Design is happy to answer your concerns at a private consultation. We’ll put your mind at ease and discuss all the options for restoring your smile. You’ll take away a plan specifying treatment types and any follow-up schedules, listing all estimated fees. The sooner you schedule your consultation, the quicker any potential future problems can be prevented. If expense is a concern, remember – early care often reduces the cost of treatment. Call us today on 1800 888 645to discuss your damaged or decayed teeth and how to treat them.

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