Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

Are Your Teeth Sensitive?
Posted on 05/31/2016

Is having hot coffee or a glass of ice water a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing cause a sharp sensation within your teeth? If so, you may have tooth sensitivity. It’s caused by the exposure of dentin, which is normally protected by layers of enamel and cementum in the crowns of the teeth.

Dentin is more porous than enamel and cementum, and contains small microscopic canals. Once teeth have lost their protective coating of enamel and cementum, or gums have receded, exposing the dentin underneath, these canals become exposed, allowing heat, cold, and acidic foods to reach inside these canals. The ensuing tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Brushing too hard
  • Abrasive toothpastes
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease 
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Gum recession

Treatment & Prevention

Sensitive teeth can be treated depending on how the issue was caused. Simple treatments such as desensitizing toothpastes or prescription fluoride toothpastes may be recommended. Gum grafts for areas of recession may be necessary to protect the root and reduce sensitivity. Restorative treatments, such as a dental filling or crown, may be indicated to correct flaws that are causing the sensitivity. If the issue is severe and there are no other options for treatment, a root canal may be suggested.

Proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as regular dental visits are key in reducing your risk for tooth sensitivity.

Contact Dr. Robert Burks Today!

If you have any questions or concerns about tooth sensitivity, call our Winter Springs dental office. We would be happy to assist you, and help you get started on your journey to a beautiful smile. You can reach our office at 407-327-2030, or request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon!