Feb 8th, 2017
A patient comes in for a regular 6 month hygiene appointment. I discover a crack in one of their teeth. The tooth isn’t broken. YET. I take a picture, pull it up on our computer monitor, and begin to discuss the benefits of a preventative restoration (crown). The patient commonly responds with one or both of these questions:
“But it doesn’t hurt, why do I want to fix it?”
“If it’s not broken, why fix it?”
My response is simple.
“If it starts to hurt, it’s too late.”