Think everyone’s teeth hurt when they enjoy an ice-cold cup of milk? Are you convinced that bleeding gums is a natural result of flossing or that a chipped tooth isn’t that big of a deal? Think again! Many people suffer from dental issues without realizing how serious they could be, or that, by avoiding treatment at the first sign of symptoms, they highly increase the odds that extensive restorative treatment will be necessary. So, if you have noticed something different about your smile, or suffered trauma to one of your teeth, don’t brush it off. Instead, schedule an appointment with your restorative dentist to see what can be done to help save your smile.
Tooth sensitivity can be a warning sign of a cavity, which left untreated can lead to a painful infection. That is why you should schedule an appointment if you notice heightened sensitivity or pain, even while enjoying hot or cold foods or drinks. If it is a cavity, a dental filling may be enough to correct the issue (and eliminate the discomfort), particularly if you seek treatment promptly.
And bleeding gums, even during flossing, is often a symptom of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Since that is the leading cause of tooth loss in America, it is certainly not a small issue, much less a normal occurrence for a healthy mouth. A thorough professional cleaning may be sufficient to reverse early gingivitis, however more extensive periodontal cleaning may be necessary if it has progressed already.
Finally, chips in teeth can grow and cause parts of the tooth to fall out, leaving a smile damaged and potentially incomplete. Rather than risking part of the tooth falling out, or all of it falling out, schedule a dental appointment so that restorative action can be taken to protect the damaged tooth.
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