Got Questions? Ask a Restorative Dentist: Part One

Do You Need Restorative Dentistry?

Are you worried about your smile’s health, because of dental symptoms like discomfort while eating or grey lines along a tooth? Did your last dental visit go poorly, because of several years of poor dental hygiene, missed checkups, a diet high in sugar, or simply a genetic proclivity to cavities? If so, you may have questions or even concerns about seeking restorative treatment. A restorative dentist can help address those questions, and help restore your oral health, often while improving your smile’s appearance, as well. So instead of waiting and wondering what’s wrong with your teeth or gums, while potentially allowing the situation to grow worse, talk with your restorative dentist about what could be wrong, and more importantly, what can be done to help!

Is sensitivity always a sign of a cavity?

Dental sensitivity is not uncommon. In some cases it could simply be due to extreme temperature changes. That said, in many cases, sensitivity is an early warning sign of a dental issue, like a cavity, which will likely require restorative treatment, such as a dental filling. Because the tooth layer beneath the enamel is more sensitive, if it becomes exposed due to decay, patients often experience heightened sensitivity.

If you’re experiencing heightened or extreme sensitivity, it is best to schedule a dental checkup.

Keep in mind, most patients need checkups and cleanings every six months to keep their smiles healthy, so if it has been longer than that since you last had your teeth cleaned, you should schedule an appointment regardless of whether or not you are experiencing dental symptoms.

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