Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Think going to the dentist is expensive these days? After tightening their budgets over the past few years and avoiding the dentist, many dental patients are dismayed to discover that the cost of NOT going for regular dental visits is turning out to be much higher than regular checkups would have been.
The problem with tooth decay and other dental issues is that they don’t heal themselves. A small cavity in a tooth can be treated with a small filling, at a relatively small cost. However, ignoring that same cavity will only lead to a larger problem, with a more uncomfortable, complicated – and therefore more expensive – solution.
If you think of dental checkups as similar to vehicle maintenance, you can appreciate how regular oil changes and seasonal tune-ups can allow your car to run smoother – and more cost-efficient – for years longer than if you had ignored the little squeaks and clunking noises that would eventually cumulate in a major mechanical overhaul.
Even if you don’t think you have any existing decay, the price of regular dental hygiene is a fraction of what you’d have to pay if you continued to put-off regular checkups and professional cleanings. Remember, a regular checkup is about more than just teeth. Your continuing care examinations include a thorough mouth examination: a check for any deterioration in fillings, crowns or other restorations, new decay, signs of periodontal (gum) disease, root cavities (decay in the roots of teeth exposed by receding gums) and impacted wisdom teeth. We also check for unusual sores or changes in your tissues that may indicate, or lead to, oral cancer. To ensure that bacteria are removed from around and below the gum line, we will include scaling and polishing procedures to remove plaque, calculus and stains from teeth.
Because it has been proven that your oral health and your overall health are undeniably intertwined, it stands to reason that the healthier your mouth is, the smaller the chance is of an oral infection making its way into the body to start secondary infections. What most people don’t realize is that gum disease – which is a common, but easily preventable condition – is a bacterial infection and one that can easily enter the blood stream and travel to major organs to begin new infections. If you already have heart or lung disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and low bone mass, thinking of becoming pregnant, or if you have a family member with periodontal disease, you need to be extra vigilant with your oral care.
While we know that for most people dental appointments don’t usually make the top 10 list of favorite activities, it is vital to maintain regular dental appointments, even if you have no symptoms or feel that you have no cause for concern.
Please call us at 734-425-4530 to confirm your next appointment today. We look forward to seeing you soon!