Q&A: Diagnosing Your Oral Health Concern

Feb 24th, 2017 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Oral Health

It’s extremely tempting to try to diagnose your oral health concern on your own when something seems different. Whether you’re in pain, some mild abnormality occurs, or you’re just feeling like something has changed in an inexplicable way, it’s always quite a relief to have an answer about what’s happening. Unfortunately, patients often go on wild goose chases or rely on information that is not so accurate. The problem with this is that you can end up letting a problem worsen that we can quickly address and fix. You will find that in most cases, the right answer is: Come see us, so we can check your oral health.

Questions and Answers

Question: If I experience some discomfort but then it goes away within a day or two, can I just assume everything is okay? Or should I come in for a diagnosis?

Answer: If pain lasts for more than 48 hours or you can’t seem to figure out why it occurred, it’s best to come in to see us.

Question: Is it reasonable to ask friends and family members about a problem with my oral health and then depend on their advice if someone has had a similar experience as me?

Answer: This is generally not a good plan. While you may get lucky some of the time, if there’s something wrong with your smile, we are the ones who can see it, find it with advanced imaging, and tell you what’s happening (and what you need).

Question: Can I just check around online for a site that offers reliable medical advice to try to diagnose myself?

Answer: We never suggest you take to the internet to diagnose your own oral health concerns. If anything, this can cause you to come up with some scary (and likely inaccurate) details. Leave the diagnosing to us, so you can spare yourself unnecessary anxiety.


Dr. Stefan Moiceanu is a highly skilled general and cosmetic dentist who proudly serves patients of all ages from Richmond, CA, and surrounding areas, such as Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more. To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental as soon as possible by calling us at (510) 758-7222.

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