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Sensitive Teeth

 

 

Does the taste of ice cream or sip of hot coffee sometimes cause a pain in your mouth?  Does brushing or flossing make you wince?  If so, you may be dealing with sensitive teeth. 

 

Possible causes for Sensitivity:

  • Cavities/Tooth Decay
  • Broken or Fractured Teeth
  • Fillings that are worn
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed roots

 

When you have healthy teeth, the layer of enamel protects the crown of your teeth, the part above the gum line.  Under the gum line there is a layer called cementum.  This protects the tooth root.  Underneath both the enamel and cementum is the dentin. 

 

Dentin is less dense than enamel or cementum and contains microscopic tubules.  When the dentin loses its covering of enamel or cementum, the tubes allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. When the gum recedes, the dentin can also be exposed. 

 

If you have sensitive teeth, it can be treated.  What type of treatment will depend on what is exactly causing the sensitivity.  Your dentist may suggest any of these treatments: Spanish Fort AL Cosmetic Dentist Near Me

  • Densensitizing toothpate: Contains compounds that will help block transmission of sensation from tooth’s surface to the nerve.  It requires several applications before helping with sensitivity.
  • Fluoride Gel: Happens in office and is used to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the sensation.
  • Crown/Inlay/Bonding:  This treatment helps correct flaws or decay that happen with sensitivity.
  • Surgical Gum Graft: If gum tissue is gone from the root, it can help protect the root and also help to reduce sensitivity.
  • Root Canal: If sensitivity is really severe and persistent and no other treatments are working, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem. Spanish Fort AL Cosmetic Dentist Near Me

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