How Long Do I Have Before I HAVE To Fix My Tooth

How Long Do I Have Before I HAVE To Fix My Tooth

This is probably the most common question that I hear as a dentist in Aurora, CO.  Maybe your tooth hurts, maybe it doesn’t, but maybe your dentist in Aurora, CO has told you that you have a problem that needs to be fixed.  (Are you wondering if it really does?  Check out this blog post)  So, how long do you have before something worse happens?  How long until the tooth breaks?  How long until you get a toothache?  The truth is, we just don’t know.   But gather around patients, ‘cause it’s time for the Aurora, CO dentist to tell you a story about how long you have before you HAVE to do something.

 

One Summer, a friend of mine noticed he had a cracked sidewalk in front of his house.  Like most people, time was short, money was short, and procrastination was at an all-time high.  Rather than fix it right away, he left it for a year and decided he would just fix the sidewalk the next summer  when he had more money, more time, and when life was less crazy (when does THAT ever happen, right?).  When the time came to replace the sidewalk, my friend guy noticed that the reason the sidewalk was cracked was because the supporting dirt under the sidewalk was unstable and was shifting.  In fact, the crack in his sidewalk extended into the dirt underneath his sidewalk!  As he started digging up this crack in the dirt, he realized that this crack had propagated through the freezing and thawing of the wintertime and the spring.  The shifting earth had actually caused a crack in the foundation of his house!  He had to dig up and replace a huge portion of the foundation and repair it, at great expense and headache.  Because he waited so long, the underlying problem had gone undetected and had begun to threaten his entire house.  Had he fixed the cracked sidewalk as soon as he noticed the problem, he may have been able to avoid these problems the following year. 

 

The sad truth is that in almost every case that I see in patients who come to see me as a dentist in Aurora, CO, when a problem goes unaddressed it often gets worse and becomes much more painful to fix and is ALMOST ALWAYS MOER EXPENSIVE IF YOU WAIT.  A crack or a cavity in a tooth is very difficult to predict because often, even with x-rays, we don’t really know how deep the crack or the cavity toxins are extending.  The truth is, nobody really knows how long you have before your tooth falls apart, but fixing the problems while they’re small can often save money, time and even your teeth.

 

Having said that, not all cracks and cavities have to be fixed.  If you think you might have a cracked tooth or a cavity, as dentists in Aurora, CO we offer free consultations to patients!  I don’t believe you should have to pay just to find out what’s wrong, and I certainly don’t believe that you should have to pay just to find out if you like your dentist in Aurora, CO or not!  Come see us, and let’s chat about your questions.  The call is free, and the appointment is, too.  303-693-1215 or fill out our contact form.