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3 Reasons Not to Delay Your Dental Treatment Marietta, GA

3 Reasons Not to Delay Your Dental Treatment

Dental Treatments Marietta GA

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a dental care patient is assuming that if your dental problem doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t have to be treated right away. This is a very unfortunate misconception, and one that can cost you big time. From cavities to swollen gums, here are some leading reasons why delaying dental treatment is a bad idea:

#1 Most Dental Problems Don’t Resolve On Their Own
While very early tooth decay and mild gingivitis have the potential to be reversed with better dental hygiene at home, when it comes to other issues within your mouth, it is more likely to worsen over time – not get better. This is especially true with dental infections or tooth fractures, as these concerns need professional and interventional attention from your dentist to resolve.

#2 Dental Problems Can Exist Without Pain
Unfortunately, your mouth doesn’t always wave a red flag of pain when there is something that needs attention. In fact, there are some dental problems that begin without any symptoms at all. This makes routine dental visits even more important, as x-rays are designed to detect problems before they present themselves in unwanted ways.

While you may experience undeniable pain when you have a dental abscess or severe cavity, when the issue doesn’t affect the inner tooth nerves, you may not be uncomfortable. However, if you suspect that your teeth or gums are compromised in any way with a change in the way they look or feel, don’t put off a visit to your dentist. Even small hairline cracks that do not produce pain need to be fixed by your dentist, as your tooth is left vulnerable to more serious (and more painful) dental problems.

#3 Delaying Treatment Can Be More Expensive
Many patients avoid or delay dental treatments due to cost. Unfortunately, due to the likelihood of the issue getting worse over time, these patients end up spending much more on their dental care when they wait. For example, a small cavity that can be treated with a simple dental filling can progress into decay that reaches the center of the tooth. Now, a root canal and dental crown is required to save the tooth. In more serious cases, waiting to treat dental issues can result in a loss of your tooth, which means costly dental implants in the future!

At Gilreath Family Dental, we value the importance of preventing dental problems from the start. However, when dental concerns arise, we want to treat them early with the most conservative therapies possible. Whether you need a filling, deep cleaning or root canal, don’t deprive your smile of the attention it needs. Instead of putting off treatment, schedule your visit with us today! If you are unsure how long your dental problem can wait for treatment, do not hesitate to ask us and we can give you a safe timeline for your dental treatment plan.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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