Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth can cause unexpected discomfort when drinking or eating and all of us will feel it at some point in our lives. Known as dentin hypersensitivity, sensitive teeth can be a sign of enamel wear or issues with your gums. Tooth sensitivity must be handled with care and brought to our attention immediately and we recommend seeking dental advice quickly.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity:Tooth sensitivity is caused by the exposure of your dentin, the inside of your tooth that contains many nerve endings. When the enamel or gums surrounding your tooth break down, your dentin becomes prone to experiencing discomfort. Tooth sensitivity can arise from a number of causes. Such include:

Tooth Brushing and Grinding:Brushing your teeth too hard can wear down your enamel and irritate your gums. Using a soft bristle toothbrush, loosening your grip, and brushing at a 45-degree angle can help lessen the possibility of tooth sensitivity. Grinding your teeth at night can also weaken your enamel and can make the surface of your teeth uneven. Make an appointment immediately if you grind your teeth at night because a professionally fitted molded mouth guard is a quick and easy way to start protecting your teeth from damage.

Teeth Whitening:Bleaching your teeth too often can strip your enamel and cause temporary sensitivity. Be careful not to overdo it when it comes to bleaching your teeth. We will help you determine the appropriate style of teeth whitening, intensity, and timing for your Hollywood smile.

Tooth Decay and Cracking:Tooth sensitivity may also be caused by tooth decay and cracking. If this is the case, cavities will be filled and cracked teeth will be repaired. Procedures for fixing damaged teeth depend on each individual’s unique situation.

Gum Issues:Issues regarding your gums can cause sensitivity as well. Receding gums, which comes natural with age, can open the surface of your tooth root and cause discomfort. Gum disease, such as gingivitis, can weaken the bone of your tooth with plaque buildup.

Food/Beverages:Certain foods containing too much acid or sugar can create problems for your teeth and break down your enamel. Try to avoid soda and candy and snack more on calcium enriched foods such as yogurt.

Maintaining your oral health is important to keeping your teeth strong and protecting them against tooth sensitivity. Treatment for tooth sensitivity can include: toothpaste for sensitive teeth, fluoride gel (brings strength back to teeth), and fillings/dental sealants to help prevent further tooth decay. Once the cause of your tooth sensitivity has been determined, we will help you overcome it. At Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan, we will advise the best care for your teeth and help you rid of tooth sensitivity so you can enjoy your favorite foods again!