What is the Cause of Tooth Sensitivity?

Cause of Tooth Sensitivity

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Nothing ruins a refreshing bowl of ice cream or hot cup of tea more than sensitive teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, you might have trouble eating or drinking anything cold and hot. This can have you living with a very bland diet. If you have sensitive teeth, our dentist in Northridge can help.

• Enamel erosion
Enamel is designed to insulate your teeth. Unfortunately, it can become eroded or worn away with repeated contact to acidic substances or when you grind your teeth. If enamel erosion is to blame for your sensitivity, an anti-sensitivity toothpaste can help eliminate the discomfort, but you may also need to take steps to prevent further erosion.

• Exposed roots or gum recession
Gums are supposed to fit tightly, much like a turtleneck sweater for your teeth. Gum disease, aggressive brushing habits or age can cause the tissue to pull away from the teeth and leave the roots exposed. Dental bonding can usually be used to protect the roots, but in serious cases, you may need to consider gum grafts to restore lost tissue.

• Cavities or deep decay
When decay reaches the inner parts of the tooth, it can inflame the nerve, leading to pain and discomfort. A root canal treatment may be recommended to remove the diseased nerve, and then a crown will be used to cover and restore the tooth.

• Loose or damaged fillings
Fillings can last many years, but they usually do need to be replaced at some point. If a filling becomes loose or damaged, decay can begin underneath the filling. The decayed tissue will need to be removed and the filling replaced.

You do not have to live around your sensitive teeth. Preventive treatments and at-home care can be just what you need to get back to the diet and life you want. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our team.