Many people don't see a dentist on a regular basis. They go only when they feel they have a problem. We call this "crisis treatment" as opposed to "preventive treatment". While these patients may feel they are saving money, it usually ends up costing much more in both dollars and time. The reason for this is that most dental problems don't have any symptoms until they reach the advanced stage.
An example is tooth decay. We hear all the time, "nothing hurts... I don't have any problems". But tooth decay doesn't hurt! Until that is, it gets close to the nerve of the tooth. Then a root canal and crown are necessary, instead of the small filling, which could have been placed several years before when the cavity was small. We can usually can detect a cavity 3-4 years before it may develop any symptoms. It is not uncommon to see a patient with a tremendous cavity and they have never felt a thing.
We strongly encourage you to get regular check ups and cleanings every six months.
PREVENT NOT LAMENT