This is a very common question that I hear all of the time, especially from patients who are coming to me seeking the services of an aurora dentist to get a second opinion (we offer free second opinions by the way! Call our Aurora, CO dentist office at 303-693-1215 to schedule). Patients come to me as a dentist in Aurora, CO and ask me if they really should fix a tooth that doesn’t hurt. The following example may seem elementary, but many of my patients have found this example to be very helpful, and it also holds the secret to why painless dentistry is a possibility at our dental office in Aurora, CO! (I hear you thinking….”painless dentistry?” Tell me more!)
It’s helpful to think of a tooth like a cupcake with icing and a cream filling. The icing is the outermost layer and is the enamel, or outermost layer of your tooth. If a cavity or crack is isolated only in the enamel and has not penetrated any deeper, often times I do not recommend treating the tooth because a cavity that is only in the enamel is reversible with proper home care and fluoride! How many other dentists in Aurora, CO will tell you that your cavity should not be filled because it’s reversible? However, if a cavity or crack gets under the icing and into the cake, which is called the Dentin, I recommend treating the tooth because these cavities are NOT reversible. However, often cavities and cracks that are in the dentin don’t hurt because the cavity or cracks have not gone deep enough to affect the cream center of the cupcake, which is where the nerve and the blood vessels and the living tissue of the tooth lives. Even though these problems are often painless, fixing them early is much more cost effective and usually also painless dentistry! If patients wait until the cavity or crack gets so deep that the nerve in the tooth dies or the tooth breaks in half, there is much more pain. In fact, what I always tell patients is that if they have a problem in a tooth that is irreversible, even if it’s not hurting, it is never going to be less expensive or less painful to fix that tooth than it is right now.
Most of our patients come to us initially because they find out that we do free consultations. I don’t believe you should have to pay just to find out if something is wrong, and I believe you ought to be able to meet an aurora, CO dentist to see if you like the office BEFORE you pay! If you think you might have a cavity and would like to see a dentist in Aurora, CO for a free consultation to see if your cavity is in the icing, the cake or the cream filling, call 303-693-1215 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation and to learn more about how dentistry can be painless!