Why Do People Need Restorative Treatments?
Interestingly, the No. 1 reason why patients at Balcones Dental need restorative treatments like fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants has nothing to do with new instances of decay or cavities.
Rather, Austin, TX, dentist Dr. Larry Lindsay says the majority of patients who visit his practice looking for restorative treatments are trying to repair existing restorations that have started to break down due to age.
As Dr. Lindsay explains, permanent restorations like crowns and fillings are not built to last forever. There will come a point in the life of almost every restoration when it will need to be replaced. On one end of the of the spectrum, patients can expect their existing restorations to last approximately 15 to 20 years, says Dr. Lindsay.
The Austin, TX, dentist goes on to explain that most people do not realize that the permanent fillings they received a decade ago are not actually permanent. When people think of the word permanent, they think of something that is going to last for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, that is not what the word permanent means to people who are getting fillings, crowns, and other restorative treatments. This tends to create confusion and surprise, according to Dr. Lindsay.
This surprise occurs when people who have been living with existing crowns and fillings for a decade or more suddenly start feeling sharp pains in teeth they already had restored. Pain is the No. 1 motivator that gets most people into the dentist in Austin, TX.
People who do visit the dentist in Austin, TX, are likely to get any issues with their fillings and crowns repaired long before pain becomes a problem. One of the most helpful things that hygienists do during semi-annual exams and cleanings is to look closely at all the restorative work inside each patient’s mouth. A hygienist can then point out if any restorations need the attention of the dentist, or if it looks like any restorations are going to have to be replaced.
If a person does not go to the dentist regularly, then Dr. Lindsay says pain is really the only motivator that will get them into the dentist’s office to have an existing restoration checked out. People who fall into this category of patients wait until something starts to hurt and then react to that pain, rather than being proactive and seeking out care from a hygienist or dentist in Austin, TX, on a regular basis.
Dr. Lindsay recommends that everyone gets in to see the dentist at least twice a year, and he says people who have restorations like crowns, fillings, bridges, and implants that are more than a decade old need to specifically get their restorations checked to make sure everything is still a-okay.
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