Are you wondering if you would be able to tell if your smile was in need of restorative dental treatment? If so, don’t fret. The good news is that many dental issues give warning signs before they have progressed to the point of requiring extensive restorative treatment. Paying attention to changes in your smile and watching for potential warning signs of damage is a simple yet effective way to help protect your smile. That said, preventive checkups and cleanings are also essential, since they can help to remove plaque before it can cause any dental issues. Just as importantly, these visits give your dentist a great opportunity to check for any burgeoning issues, and for you to ask questions you might have about general dental care, or restorative treatment specifically.
Why do my teeth hurt when I drink an iced or hot beverage?
If you are experiencing mild sensitivity when enjoying particularly hot or cold items, it may not be cause for concern. Many people struggle with minor tooth sensitivity. That said, if your sensitivity seems to be heightened, it could be a warning sign of a dental problem like a cavity.
Is staining just a cosmetic concern?
Some staining as a person ages is common. However, deep discoloration could be a symptom of enamel erosion. Both white patches and grey or dark marks can be indication that the enamel has eroded, to the point of exposing the more sensitive layer beneath the tooth.
How can a cavity be treated?
If you are diagnosed with a dental cavity, a simple dental filling will likely be recommended. Fillings can be used to help protect teeth that have been made fragile, or damaged. Modern fillings can even be made to look natural and feel comfortable.
Need Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry makes it possible to protect teeth that have become damaged or even fragile. To learn more, or to schedule your restorative appointment, call Dr. Steven Huffstutler in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-577-1444.