Does it feel like ages since you last visited the dentist? If so, how healthy is your smile really? Not all dental problems create obvious symptoms, in other words clear warning signals that it’s time to see the dentist. Fortunately, there are several common indications that restorative dentistry might be needed. Since teeth cannot repair themselves the way some parts of the body can, it is important to know the potential signs of dental problems, and to seek restorative treatment if there is a potential issue.
1. You’re Suffering Discomfort
While some degree of tooth sensitivity is common when enjoying hot and cold foods and beverages, In many cases sensitivity and especially discomfort are actually warning signs of dental problems, like cavities. These could also be indicators that a tooth has been otherwise damaged, for instance chipped or cracked. Discomfort occurs when the more sensitive layer beneath the tooth’s enamel becomes exposed.
2. You’ve Noticed Deep Staining
Tooth stains might seem like a purely cosmetic issue. Unfortunately, staining can also be indication that the enamel has been damaged. Both white patches and dark lines or spots can be indication that enamel has eroded away.
3. You’ve Skipped Your Last Few Preventive Visits
Finally, if you have not had your smile checked recently, within the last six months, you are actually overdue for a preventive dental visit. The sooner you seek treatment, the more likely you are to either get a clean bill of oral health, or to be able to address any burgeoning issues with minimally invasive restorative treatment, such as a tooth filling.
That said, the longer you allow dental problems to progress, the more likely they will require extensive measures to be corrected, such as root canal therapy to address an infection, or even an extraction to deal with a badly damaged tooth.
Give Your Smile the Care It Needs
If your smile is in need of restorative treatment, don’t delay a dental visit. Schedule your appointment with Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry in Spring, TX, today, by calling 281-320-2000.