Admittedly, when this happens, we are shocked that we didn’t feel pain or sensitivity.
This makes it especially essential why even though our teeth don’t hurt, we still need to see the dentist.
Usually, by the time we feel the pain, the decay is at a moderate to severe level. Thus, at this point, more damage to the surrounding tissues and teeth is present. In turn, this requires a more expensive, intricate dental treatment or procedure.
For instance, a cavity is a hole in the teeth that is due to plaque. Plaque refers to the sticky substance that lingers on teeth and is mostly made up of bacteria.
If a cavity is detected in an earlier phase while it is still small, it can be treated with a simple filling. Additionally, cavities barely cause pain until they progress and don’t receive treatment. Sooner or later, decay will break through the tooth’s outer layer and affect the nerves.
And instead of the tooth only requiring a simple filling, it may require a more exhaustive dental procedure like a root canal. This procedure is performed when decay has already reached the tooth’s pulp.
The pulp pertains to the soft tissue in the middle of a tooth that contains the nerves. What is more, the canal goes down through the tooth’s roots and the surrounding bones.
A root canal procedure excavates the center of the tooth, filling it, and afterward sealing it to hamper germs from entering. The main purpose of this procedure is to restore the toot to its former glory.
However, even teeth that require a root canal do not often cause pain.
The dentist can check if there is a problem with the tooth’s pulp. The pulp may be damaged or start to display indications of infection.
Moreover, if this is the case, then a root canal is necessary to impede further infection to the surrounding tissue and teeth. Meanwhile, a cap or crown is another option. This is usually necessary, although you are not feeling sensitivity or pain.
Admit it or not, too many people only decide to go to the dentist when they feel pain or sensitivity. Do they cite dental cost as the primary reason for ignoring regular dental checkups? Do they merely think their teeth are okay if they aren’t experiencing pain?
However, just like with many other medical conditions, if you detect problems early on, these are often easier to treat. Thus, only a simple procedure will be necessary. But sadly, by the time you feel sensitivity or pain, the condition has potentially advanced to a more serious level that requires more money and more time to treat.