My dentist says I have a cavity, so why doesn't my tooth hurt?
It’s a dentist’s job to do everything we can to help you avoid ever having a toothache, so finding a cavity before your tooth hurts is a good thing! There’s a problem with letting the lack of tooth pain dictate your oral health care. Most dental problems don’t have any symptoms until they’ve reached more advanced stages. At that point, our treatment options become limited and are often more complicated and costly to correct.
Waiting until you have a toothache is not a good plan for managing your oral health! We strongly encourage you to make semi-annual appointments for dental exams and professional cleanings for you and your family.
Dental Checkup and Exam
During these appointments, our dentist and hygienist will thoroughly inspect your teeth for any signs of problems. Periodontal disease (gum disease) in particular can seriously damage your teeth and gums before you ever notice a symptom. If our hygienist does find gum disease, she’ll address the problem and develop a plan for future treatment.
Preventive visits are easy and allow us to identify and address small problems before they become serious. If it’s been a while since your last exam and cleaning, we encourage you to give us a call for an appointment.