Admittedly, when this happens, we are surprised since we do not feel any pain or sensitivity.
This makes it especially essential why even though our teeth don’t hurt or we do not feel any sensitivity or pain we need to see the dentist.
Usually, by the time we feel the pain; the decay has already developed to a more serious level, commonly causing more damage to the surrounding tissues and teeth and requires a more expensive and intricate dental treatment or procedure.
For instance, a cavity is a hole in the teeth that is caused by plaque. Plaque refers to the sticky substance that lingers on teeth and is mostly made up of bacteria.
If a cavity is detected in early phase while it is still small, it can be treated by a simple filling. In addition, cavities barely cause any pain till they have been neglected, not treated earlier and also when the decay has gotten serious and bigger, sooner or later breaking through the tooth’s outer layer to the nerves.
And, instead of the tooth only requiring 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 that contains the nerves. What is more, the canal goes down through the tooth’s roots as well as to the surrounding bones.
A root canal procedure excavates the center of the tooth, filling it and afterward sealing it to hamper any germs from entering. The main purpose of this procedure is to restore the tooth since the soft center part is not needed for the tooth to still work well in the mouth.
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 some indications of infection.
Moreover, if this is the case, then, a root canal must be performed to impede more infection to the surrounding tissue and to the teeth. Meanwhile, a cap or a crown is another option which is usually required although you are not feeling any 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 thinking that their teeth are okay and do not feel any pain so why spend on very costly dental examination?
However, just like with many other medical conditions, if you detect problems early on, these are often easier to treat and only a simple procedure is required to be performed. But, sadly, by the time you feel sensitivity or pain, the condition has nearly advanced to a more serious level that requires more money and more time to treat.