Does Your Smile Need Restorative Treatment? Part One

Do You Need Restorative Dentistry?

Wondering if the discomfort you’ve been experiencing could be due to a dental issue? Are you curious if that tooth or gums problem even requires a visit to the dentist? Restorative dentistry includes a number of procedures designed to eliminate discomfort, treat infections, protect fragile teeth, and restore a patient’s overall oral health. This can help preserve the current smile, or in some cases improve upon it. Plus, the products used are designed to be comfortable, long-lasting and even esthetically-pleasing! So if you’ve been worried or curious if restorative treatment is needed, there is no time like the present to find out.

I’m experiencing heightened sensitivity. Do I need to call a dentist?

While some sensitivity, particularly to extremely hot or cold foods or drinks is common, noticeable changes in sensitivity levels are often a warning sign of acidic erosion or dental decay. That’s because the layer beneath your teeth’s outer layer, the enamel, is much more sensitive. If it becomes exposed due to wear or a dental problem, you may start experiencing new or heightened sensitivity. It’s best to consult your dentist if this occurs, as you could have a cavity or some other damage. Restorative treatment, like a simple tooth-colored filling, could be used to help stop the decay and protect the fragile tooth from any further wear. Even if the sensitivity isn’t enough to cause discomfort, it’s important to schedule a dental visit if it has already been more than six months since your last checkup, as a preventive cleaning can help reduce your risk of developing dental problems, as well as providing the dentist a chance to check for any potential problems.

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