Do you ever experience pain when you have a bowl of ice cream or hot coffee? These symptoms may be signs of sensitive teeth.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Sensitive teeth can have several causes that lead to the discomfort. Harbor Point Dental Group in Stamford, CT identifies these possible causes of sensitive teeth: tooth decay (cavities), using a hard toothbrush, fractured teeth, gum disease, worn tooth enamel from acidic foods or beverages, and exposed tooth root.
Enamel protects the crown of your healthy teeth. Cementum protects the tooth root. Dentin, underneath both enamel and cementum, can lose its protective covering of enamel. If the protective covering is lost heat and cold or acidic and sticky foods are now able to reach servers and cells inside the tooth. Gum recession is also something to watch for in your mouth.
How Do I Get Sensitive Teeth Treated?
Several options of treatment are available for sensitive teeth. Consult with Dr. Frank Cimato at Harbor Point Dental Group to choose the option that best suits your needs to prevent future discomfort.
Dr. Frank Cimato will listen to you describe your symptoms as part of the process in order to help you find relief from the discomfort of sensitive teeth.
The most popular option for relief is sensitive toothpaste. Sensitive toothpaste contains compounds that assist in blocking the transmission of sensation from the surface of a tooth to the nerve. Consult with our Stamford, CT dentist Dr. Frank Cimato for other options that may include fluoride gel, crowns, and root canal.
A root canal is the recommended option if the sensitivity is severe and persistent.
Maintaining a proper oral hygiene schedule is the key component to preventing sensitivity in your mouth.