When we check your mouth we see things you won’t see in a mirror. By just opening your mouth we can detect a number of dental problems that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We can detect possible deterioration in fillings, crowns and other restorations. We can spot root cavities or decay on the roots of your teeth that have been exposed by receding gums.
A closer look can reveal periodontal pockets caused by gum disease even if you do not have any discomfort at all.
We may take an X-Ray and a little dental “detective work” to find new decay tucked under the gumline or hidden under existing fillings-two places you can’t see!
You may not be aware but your teeth can have hairline fractures that can get worse. You may not know it but you may have impacted wisdom teeth that may need to be removed.
Your gums can tell us about gum disease which has been linked to heart disease. Your mouth may even show the early warning signs or oral cancer.
All of these problems can be treated and often reversed if spotted in the early stages. If you don’t have pain, think again. It’s what you don’t see that can cause the most trouble.