What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

sensitivity - What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Have you noticed eating ice-cream or sipping a hot or cold drink is an unpleasant or even painful experience? Do you find brushing or flossing is less comfortable than before? You might have sensitive teeth.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by:

  • Tooth decay or worn or crumbling fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Fractured or chipped teeth
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Worn tooth enamel

When your teeth are strong and healthy, they are protected by tooth enamel. Any damage to your tooth enamel exposes the dentine underneath and which is a much softer substance. Whenever you eat or drink something hot, cold, sweet or sour, the sensations travel through the dentine, reaching your tooth nerve. Dentine can also become exposed if your gums recede, exposing your tooth roots.

How We Can Help

If tooth sensitivity is a problem, please visit our dentist here at Thompson Road Dental Services. A check-up will determine if you need dental treatment for tooth sensitivity, such as renewing an old filling or mending a damaged tooth, or fluoride applications to help strengthen tooth enamel. Otherwise, we might suggest using toothpaste for sensitive teeth which contains compounds that gradually build up over any exposed dentine, preventing unwanted sensations from reach your tooth nerve.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.