Early detection can be treated using simple, painless and most importantly cheap procedures. It is recommended by the Canadian Dental Association that an individual visits the dentist every 6 months. This gives the dentist a chance to keep an eye out for problems before they arise. This minimizes the number of major procedures to be preformed by the dentist. By routinely visiting the dentist you will be promoting prevention rather than treating the problem when it reaches late stages.
For example, your dentist can brush a protective shield, called sealant, on the chewing surface of your teeth to protect your enamel and essentially prevent cavities from forming. The cost of a sealant can range between $30-$40 per tooth. On the other hand, treating cavities can cost anywhere between $150-$250. This case is a simple example portraying the importance of routine visits to the dentist. Down the road, you will save your money and teeth!
Likewise, if a cavity is left untreated, it will dig deep down until it reaches the root of your tooth. That can only be treated by a procedure called Root Canal Therapy (RCT). RCT prices range from $700 to $2500. Considering this, preventing any dental disease from becoming too serious will save you money. The goal is to catch small problems early!