Understanding the Causes and Treatment Options for Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be a frustrating problem. For some people, sensitivity feels like an electric shock whenever they sip a hot or cold beverage or even take a deep breath of cold air. In other cases, sensitivity can be nagging problem that is always in the background, making your teeth throb throughout the day. Any time you experience tooth sensitivity, see your dentist. He or she can pinpoint the cause so that you can get the right treatment to get relief. Here is what you need to know.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

In most cases, tooth sensitivity occurs when then enamel wears away on the surfaces of your teeth or when your gums recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. Enamel can wear away from a number of different reasons, including eating a diet that is high in acidic foods, brushing your teeth too aggressively, or not brushing your teeth enough, allowing bacteria to build up on the surfaces and eat away at the enamel. Gum recession is almost always caused by gum disease and occurs when plaque and bacteria gather along the gum line, causing inflammation. The gums pull away from the teeth when this happens, which in turn allows the roots to be exposed.

Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by damage to a tooth, such as a crack or chip, or a filling that needs to be replaced. If you grind your teeth, you could cause damage to your teeth that leads to sensitivity.

What treatments are available?

Because there are many different treatments available for sensitivity, your dentist will work with you to choose the best one to address your symptoms. Some people can get the relief they need from desensitizing toothpastes, which can be purchased over the counter. Other people many need fluoride treatments or could benefit from having bonding resin applied to the affected area. For more serious cases, gum grafting or root canals may be recommended.

Don’t suffer with sensitive teeth. Make an appointment at Manela Dental in Tucson by calling (520) 744-2039. Our dentist will determine what is causing your symptoms and help you get the relief you need.