Many people make the mistake of only visiting the dentist when they feel they have a problem. However, instead of coming in for only “crisis treatment,” visiting your dentist regularly & receiving preventive treatment will save you time & money in the long run.
What patients don’t realize is that most dental problems don’t start to hurt until they reach an advanced stage. For example, a cavity can be detected three to four years before any symptoms appear, but usually isn’t because early tooth decay does not hurt & the patient sees no need to go to the dentist. However, pain happens only once the decay reaches the nerve of the tooth. At that point, a root canal & crown are usually necessary. But if the problem was detected earlier, only a small filling would have been required.