Why You Shouldn’t Delay Dental Treatment
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the ADA began recommending that all dental practices postpone their patients’ dental treatment. The idea was that this would help control the coronavirus and stop the potential spread of it.
However, we are finding that dental practices are more than capable of adapting to the new safety standards put in place to prevent contamination among patients and staff.
The downside to this new protocol is that we are seeing dental practices across the country being forced to reschedule patient appointments. In doing so, it has caused those who need elective treatments to be pushed back even farther.
With so many patients being rescheduled, many people are avoiding their dental offices altogether. Some are simply bothered by the long wait, while others fear that they could catch the coronavirus by visiting the office.
While there are certainly legitimate arguments for this thinking, it is important to remember the concerns of putting off elective treatments when they are needed.
Teeth Whitening, Exams, and Cleanings
These are some of the easiest things to stay on top of. Allowing a dental hygienist to whiten the patient’s teeth can help improve the patient’s appearance while saving them big bucks in the long run.
This is a simple procedure that helps the patient avoid costly professional whitening. The longer it is delayed, the worse the patient’s teeth will look. Many people think that this can be put off without consequence. The truth is that it puts the patient at great risk for tooth decay and other damage to their teeth.
By maintaining regular exams and cleanings, the dental hygienist and dentist can ensure that the patient isn’t facing potentially expensive – and painful – treatment.
Abscesses and Other Concerns
By postponing necessary dental care, patients are at risk of facing tooth abscesses and infection. These are serious concerns that must be addressed as early as possible. Tooth infections can cause patients to become extremely ill.
In some severe cases, it can even lead to death. If a patient is suffering from an abscess, it is vitally important that they are seen as soon as possible. A root canal may be necessary to extract the damaged tooth.
This can be an expensive treatment option. If the patient is seen sooner rather than later, they have a better chance of reducing their treatment costs. A simple filling can quickly turn into the need for far greater treatment.
It is critical that the patient understands the risks of delaying their dental care. By working with them to keep their appointments, they are ensured a healthier, happier smile.
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