Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel protecting your teeth becomes thinner, or when gum recession exposes your roots and underlying tooth structure. The underlying tooth structure, or dentin, is the part of the tooth that covers the nerves. It is softer than your tooth enamel, and contains a number of pores or “tubes” that run from outside of the tooth to the nerves. These tubes can be stimulated by changes in temperature or certain foods, which causes you pain and discomfort.
If your teeth become sensitive or painful when exposed to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and drinks, or when breathing in cold air, then you probably have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity may be the result of one or more factors, including:
When you visit our office, our dentist will examine your mouth to determine the cause of your sensitivity and develop an appropriate treatment. There are several treatments that we may recommend depending on the cause of your bruxism. These treatments include:
For more information about tooth sensitivity and to schedule a consultation with our caring dentist, please contact our office today.