Sensitive teeth can be frustrating and uncomfortable. If you’re suffering from this issue, you undoubtedly want to know the cause. Your dentist can gather information about your habits and your oral health history to determine what is at fault for your sensitive teeth and recommend an effective treatment.
Your teeth become sensitive when the enamel breaks down and exposes the underlying dentin, which is full of tiny tubules that lead to the tooth’s sensitive core that contains nerves. Any number of factors can erode the enamel. They include excessive consumption of acidic foods and beverages, such as soda and citrus fruits.
Grinding your teeth can compromise the enamel and cause sensitivity, as can tooth decay. Similarly, gum recession can expose the roots of the teeth, which are much more sensitive than the crown, causing discomfort for the patient.
Even a trip to the dentist can bring on tooth sensitivity. Certain treatments, such as teeth whitening or the placement of a crown, can make your teeth more sensitive temporarily. You may also develop sensitive teeth if you use an overly aggressive brushing technique that harms your enamel or your gum tissue.
Your dentist will examine your teeth and ask you questions about your habits in order to pinpoint the cause of your tooth sensitivity, which will then inform the recommended treatment. If receding gums are making your teeth sensitive, then a gum graft can help to eliminate the symptom. Dietary adjustments can halt enamel erosion due to acidic foods and drinks. Cavities can be filled. Patients who grind their teeth can be fitted with custom mouthguards to wear during sleep.
You may also want to switch to a toothpaste that is specifically formulated to address tooth sensitivity. This can help to reduce the severity of this symptom, too.
Patients who are experiencing tooth sensitivity should discuss the issue with one of our knowledgeable staff members to try to determine what is causing the problem and what can be done to relieve their symptoms.