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Got Questions for Your Restorative Dentist? Part Two

Sometimes dental problems are fairly easy to detect, based on familiar signals. For instance, if you have experienced cavities before you will likely recognize the symptoms if you develop another. Unfortunately, other times it can be difficult to understand what your dental symptoms mean, and many people delay treatment for fear of the uncertain. As another year ends, though, and you begin to look forward to the future, now is a great time to schedule a dental visit so you can kick January off with a healthy smile. Plus, you might be pleasantly surprised just how effectively and easily many dental problems can be corrected through restorative treatment.

Can gum disease be reversed?

If gum disease is detected and treated early, a thorough cleaning may be enough to restore your oral health. However, the longer gingivitis progresses, the more likely you will need more extensive treatment, such as ultrasonic scaling.

As with most dental problems, gum disease is a condition best addressed quickly, so don’t delay a dental visit if you’ve noticed symptoms of gum disease such as irritated or inflamed gums, that appear red, swollen or bleed easily, such as when flossing.

When should I schedule an appointment?

Anytime you’re suffering from heightened sensitivity or discomfort, or notice a negative change in your smile’s appearance or feeling, it is wise to schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Prompt restorative treatment helps increase the likelihood that a minimally invasive course of action can correct the problem.

That said, keep in mind that you should be visiting your preventive dentist at least twice a year, once every six months, in order to maintain a healthy smile. If you’re skipping out on appointments, you’re far more likely to develop a dental problem that will require restorative treatment.