Common Tooth Sensitivity

Do you "wince" when you eat something cold or feel a sudden painful "zing" while drinking an iced latte? There are numerous reasons for your teeth to become hypersensitive but-

Did you know that the primary cause of tooth sensitivity is root exposure?

Keeping your teeth healthy and clean is important but sometimes the best intent doesn't make it so. Understanding the tooth structure will help you to understand the most common mishap.

While a hard layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth, a thin layer of cementum is what shields the unexposed roots. If you brush your teeth incorrectly, to aggressively or use a hard bristled toothbrush; you inadvertently can injure your gums leaving the root surfaces of the teeth exposed. Overtime the protective cementum wears away exposing the soft inner dentin of the root. Once unprotected, the nerves and cells inside the tooth are subject to thermal stimuli (hot & cold) and bombarded daily by the acids found in plaque as well as in the foods you eat.

These stimulate the nerves resulting in various degrees of tooth sensitivity.

Ignoring the pain will not make it go away and may actually lead to a more serious dental problem.

The good news is that tooth sensitivity can be treated.

Depending on the cause, treatment may be as simple as applying a desensitizing agent or a fluoride gel to the exposed root. So don't delay, make an appointment today and let us evaluate your tooth sensitivity and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

You can be sure that we'll get to the "root" of the matter.

Ronald Rosser DDS