In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the teeth. When that enamel is worn down, teeth become sensitive. Many people experience sharp pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. Here are a few reason you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity.
Improper tooth brushing
Enamel can be worn away by brushing too hard or using a side-to-side motion. This will make enamel wear down faster than normal, increasing the risk of tooth sensitivity. We can help revise your brushing technique. You should brush using small, gentle circles while holding your brush at a 45 degree angle. You may also want to make sure your brush has soft bristles for an even gentler clean. We can apply a fluoride gel in office which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
Clenching or grinding of teeth
Enamel can be lost from chronically scraping teeth together through clenching or grinding (also known as bruxism). Tooth clenching and grinding can not only lead to sensitivity, but also other dental problems like cracked or chipped teeth. We create custom night guards for our patients. A NTI night guard is a custom-fitted appliance, and acts as a cushioned barrier between your teeth while you sleep to protect your teeth and jaw joint from damage.
If the pain you are experiencing is a sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down on your food, the cause of your toothache could be a cavity or a cracked tooth. A cavity can cause a tooth sensitivity. We offer white fillings to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity. These fillings are comfortable to wear and can be match to your exact tooth color.
Gum disease can cause the gums to recede, exposing the tooth roots. These roots contain nerves and if these nerves are unprotected, it can be very painful. In addition to sensitivity, signs of gum disease can include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. We have many treatment options to heal and restore your gums.
Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Call Oldsmar Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We’ll work with you to determine the cause and discuss relief options.