Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you encountered a sudden zap of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel has eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located. Ouch!
Tooth sensitivity can be an alert that something is amiss. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.
A number of elements can bring about gum recession including consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too forcefully!
If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening such as the ones we do here at Steven T. Cutbirth DDS, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.
If you experience constant or intermittent pain in your teeth or gums, call 254-772-5420 right away to make an appointment. Dr. Cutbirth takes tooth pain seriously.
There are several treatments for tooth sensitivity including desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatments, and gum grafting. Of course, if you need a restoration, that is the first order of business.
At Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco, we not only treat tooth sensitivity, we also carry out entire cosmetic dental smile makeovers for our patients in the Waco area. Call us at 254-772-5420 to schedule a consultation and exam.
We offer comprehensive dentistry.