Catching Up on Deferred Dental Care

Now that the holidays are over and life has slowed down a bit, it’s time to catch up on taking care of yourself. You may have been putting off dental care because you were too busy, but now is the ideal time to start fresh with clean, sparkling teeth. It’s time to catch up on any deferred dental care so you can sail through the New Year with a healthy smile.

The Consequences of Deferred Dental Care

Delaying dental care can have serious consequences, ranging from decay and gum disease to the deterioration of existing restorations. Over time, untreated dental issues may escalate, leading to more complex, time consuming and expensive treatments. One common problem is the degradation of dental crowns, which, much like many other medical devices, have a limited lifespan. If you don’t have them repaired or replaced, the teeth and gums under a damaged crown can become infected.

Even natural teeth without restorations can suffer the consequences; It is important to monitor these teeth for early signs of dental caries and recession of the surrounding gum tissue. Halting the progression of periodontal (gum) disease at the earliest time is key so that we can treat and restore health.

Understanding Temporary Solutions

In an attempt to cope with deferred dental care, you may be tempted to turn to temporary solutions, such as over-the-counter dental adhesives. These adhesives are often used to affix temporary crowns or bridges until a proper dental visit can be scheduled. While these solutions can provide a quick fix, it’s essential to recognize their limitations and the potential risks associated with relying on them for an extended period.

The Pitfalls of Temporary Dental Adhesives

Over-the-counter dental adhesives may seem convenient, but they aren’t designed for long-term use. They lack the durability and strength of professional dental materials and using them as a substitute for proper dental care can lead to a range of issues, including increased susceptibility to infection, further decay, and damage to adjacent teeth.

The Expiration Date of Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges, like any dental restoration, have a finite lifespan. While crafted from durable materials, crowns can wear down over time, primarily if not adequately maintained. Bridges may break, loosen, or twist out of shape, becoming uncomfortable to wear or damaging the delicate soft tissues of the mouth. Factors such as grinding or clenching, poor oral hygiene, and underlying dental issues can contribute to the degradation of these restorations. We recommend regular check-ups so that we can assess the condition of existing restorations and address any potential problems before they become a problem.

Building Treatment Plans Around Time and Budget

The dentists at Herald Square Dental understand the financial and time constraints that may lead to deferred dental care. We work closely with our patients to create treatment plans that align with their time and resources. We prioritize urgent issues, offering phased treatment plans that address immediate concerns while spreading out the cost and time commitment of more extensive procedures.

Catching up on deferred dental care requires a thoughtful approach that balances immediate needs with long-term oral health. While temporary solutions like over-the-counter adhesives may offer short-term relief, they are not substitutes for professional dental care. We can work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses urgent issues, maintains existing restorations, and prevents further complications. Remember, a proactive approach to dental care is an investment in your overall well-being and can save you time and money in the long run.

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