Why Preventative Recall Appointments are Important

Regular preventative recall appointments are important to help detect problems that may exist in your mouth.  The abscess which is not painful was found.  If left untreated, the infection may spread causing loss of teeth.

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Recurrent decay (decay around existing fillings) can be detected during recall exams.  If left untreated, the decay will spread underneath the filling and the tooth may require extensive treatment.

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Regular x-rays help to find problems that may not be visible.  Decay has been found underneath this bridge (yellow arrow).  If left untreated, the tooth and the entire bridge may be lost.

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Bone loss around an implant may also be found on an x-ray (yellow arrow).  This typ of bone loss is not painful, but if left untreated, the implant may be lost.

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