Dental sensitivity is an extremely common condition that causes discomfort when the teeth are exposed to certain stimulants, such as cold air or certain foods and beverages. There are many causes—and thus, many solutions—for dental sensitivity that can restore your comfort and ability to enjoy everyday life. Contact Dr. John R. Carson, DDS to find out more about how he can help you put an end to uncomfortable dental sensitivity.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Dentin is a porous layer of tissue that covers the roots of your teeth. Dental sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel of the teeth is damaged or worn away, exposing the dentin beneath. When dentin is exposed, stimulants such as heat, cold, and spicy or sweet tastes can directly affect the nerves of the teeth, causing sensitivity. The exposure of dentin may occur due to many factors. Receding gums caused by periodontal disease no longer adequately protect the roots of your teeth. Alternatively, your tooth enamel may be worn away by acidic foods and beverages, overzealous tooth brushing, or bruxism. Injuries to the teeth that crack or chip the surface may also expose the underlying dentin, causing sensitivity.
What Treatments Exist for Sensitive Teeth?
The best treatment for your dental sensitivity will depend upon the cause of your condition. Your dentist will determine why you are experiencing sensitivity and recommend a treatment that will reduce your discomfort. Learning to brush correctly and using a soft-bristled toothbrush will prevent enamel wear due to daily oral care routines. If you grind your teeth or play sports, your dentist can create a custom-fitted mouth guard to protect the teeth from damage. Teeth that have been damaged or worn may be restored using a variety of dental techniques to strengthen or replace lost tooth enamel.
Sensitive teeth shouldn’t ruin your enjoyment of everyday life. Dr. John Carson, DDS offers a variety of prevention and treatment options for sensitive teeth in the Tucson area. Contact our office by calling (520) 514-7203 or visit us on the web to learn more about your dental treatment options.