It’s common for people to want to avoid the dentist, especially when they know they have some kind of oral health problem. If you suspect you might have a dental problem, such as a cavity or early signs of gum disease, though, it becomes all the more important to schedule a dental appointment. That’s because restorative care is crucial to eliminating problems before they worsen, and it can actually help prevent more invasive dental treatment from becoming necessary. If you want to keep your smile both healthy and beautiful, it’s crucial to seek restorative dental treatment at the first sign of trouble.
Understanding Dental Symptoms
Common dental symptoms, some of which are often overlooked, include heightened sensitivity, especially to hot or cold foods and drinks, dental pain, from mild to severe, grey lines or white discoloration (which may mean the layer beneath your enamel has become exposed due to decay), inflamed or bleeding gums, chronic bad breath or chips or cracks in your teeth.
When You Should See Your Dentist
While you should be visiting the dentist every six months for preventive care, including a checkup and professional cleaning, if you have experienced any dental symptoms, you should schedule an additional visit. You may have a cavity, for instance, which might need a filling in order to protect it from further decay. You might also require a dental crown, in order to improve the function of your bite if your tooth has become brittle or fragile.
When you delay restorative treatment, you increase the likelihood that more drastic measures will become necessary to save the tooth, such as a root canal to remove infection, or even extraction, in some cases, to stop the spread of an oral infection.
Don’t delay treatment for fear of the unknown, when prompt dental care can often restore your smile’s health, function and beauty.
ABOUT YOUR LAKE ORION, MI, DENTIST:
At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Greenfield works to improve patients’ wellbeing, as well as their oral health, and he is proud to offer holistic, 100% metal-free dentistry. To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213. We proudly welcome patients and families from around Lake Orion, MI, as well as Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.