Sensitive Teeth

With sensitive teeth, it can be difficult to enjoy the foods and drinks you love, such as ice cream or hot beverages. Fortunately, a variety of treatments exist for tooth sensitivity. Depending on the cause, your dentist can recommend a solution for you. How can I be sure that I have hypersensitive teeth?

Dental Sensitivity Causes Sharp,

TEMPORARY PAIN IN A VARIETY OF SITUATIONS

Extreme Hot and Cold

If you experience sudden discomfort when you consume something very hot or cold, you may have sensitive teeth.

Acidic or Sweet Foods and Drinks

An exposed root, enamel erosion, or cavity can also make you more sensitive to things that are very sweet or acidic.

Breathing Cold Air

For some patients with sensitive teeth, even taking a deep breath during cold weather can cause significant pain.

There are a few types of dental sensitivity...

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Sensitivity Is Often Caused

BY DENTIN EXPOSURE

Teeth become sensitive when the inner layer, known as dentin, is exposed. There are many different ways that dentin can become exposed, including decay and gum recession.

Am I at risk for sensitive teeth?

The Products You Use and Stress Level

CAN INCREASE THE CHANCES OF SENSITIVITY

Using an abrasive toothpaste or other products that are hard on your enamel can increase your chances of developing dental sensitivity. 

Some studies have also found that individuals who are under stress or have obsessive-compulsive symptoms are more likely to have sensitive teeth. 

 
So what is making my teeth sensitive?

There Are Many Potential Causes

FOR DENTAL SENSITIVITY

Tooth Decay

A cavity or decay under the surface can cause pain and make your tooth more sensitive to temperature changes.

Damaged Teeth

A crack or fracture in a tooth may not constantly cause pain, but instead, react to certain foods or drinks.

Older Fillings

Fillings protect areas of teeth which have been damaged. When they become worn, the nerves inside of teeth may be exposed to external elements, leading to sensitivity.

Worn Enamel

When enamel becomes too thin to protect the nerves within teeth, dentin hypersensitivity can result.

Exposed Roots

If gum recession or other issues have left your roots exposed, it can cause dental sensitivity.

Gum Disease

Inflammation in the gums can make teeth more sensitive and cause gums to recede, leaving the roots exposed.

Is dental hypersensitivity normal?

Tooth Sensitivity Is a Relatively Common Issue

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*According to a study in Clinical Oral Investigations

What should I do if my teeth are sensitive?

Your Doctor Can Identify

THE CAUSE AND SEVERITY OF DENTAL SENSITIVITY

The first step toward finding relief from sensitive teeth is to speak with your dentist. It is a good idea to keep track of what causes your symptoms and what normally makes them better for a period of time leading up to your appointment.

Your doctor will conduct an exam to determine the underlying cause of sensitivity. The best treatment option for you will depend on the cause of your symptoms.

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Your Doctor Can Recommend

THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR YOUR NEEDS

Fluoride Treatment

Professional fluoride treatments can strengthen tooth enamel, protecting the dentin.

Dental Filling

A dental filling can repair areas of mild to moderate damage, improving symptoms.

Restorations

For extensive damage, your dentist may recommend an inlay, onlay, or dental crown.

Gum Treatments

For gum recession, you may need treatment such as a gum graft to restore your health.

Root Canal Therapy

If sensitivity is severe and persists, you may need a root canal to address infection within the root.

I'm tired of living with sensitivity. What can I do today?

Schedule an Appointment

Having sensitive teeth can interrupt your daily life and make it more difficult to enjoy the things you love. Learn more about the treatment options available to you by contacting a doctor today.

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