Some of our patients at Douglas Hamill DDS have teeth that are naturally sensitive, and biting into popsicles and drinking hot coffee are inherently unpleasant experiences for them. However, anyone who experiences a sudden or rapid increase in tooth sensitivity should receive dental care immediately, as this sensitivity could be symptomatic of a larger underlying issue. In the video below, dentist Douglas Hamill outlines how adults can best respond to sensitive teeth.
Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?
Sensitivity in the teeth is noticeable when they are exposed to heat and cold or during biting. This sensitivity can develop when the dentin, which is the inner part of the tooth, is exposed. Brushing teeth too hard can result in the enamel or the cementum around the tooth wearing away. Sensitivity can also be indicative of a cavity, so you should consult your dentist if you begin to experience pain when eating hot or cold foods. Too much sensitivity can kill a nerve and cause a root canal. There are many causes of sensitive teeth. Mild sensitivity can be accommodated by using a toothpaste such as Sensodyne or Denquel, which are designed for sensitive teeth. If the sensitivity becomes more extensive, for example, due to a hole in the tooth, a bonded filling can help.
Are you or a loved one experiencing sensitive teeth and looking for relief? Contact our office to schedule a free second opinion where we can provide alternative treatment options and in-depth price comparisons.
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