Having sensitive teeth is more common than people think! At least one in seven adults suffer from this painful sensation. Do you have sensitive teeth? Learn a little about teeth sensitivity below, what causes it and some treatments that can address this issue.
About Sensitive Teeth
Having dentin hypersensitivity, commonly known as “sensitive teeth,” is a pain that people experience when they eat drink or touch their teeth. This sharp and sudden pain can shoot deep into a tooth’s nerve ending and affect one or more teeth. This pain is typically caused by enamel loss, exposure of a tooth’s root surface or changes in dental pulp. Why does this pain occur? Continue reading to learn more.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Over time, your tooth’s enamel can get thin, providing less protection for the tooth and exposing the dentin. The dentin has large numbers of pores that run from the outside of the tooth to the nerve in the center. Cold air and hot or cold beverages can cause sharp pains to the nerve endings. Sensitive teeth can also be caused due to a number of other things including:
- Reseeding gums
- Wear and tear on chewing surfaces
- Tooth grinding
Fortunately, the dentists at Dental Associates of Delaware are able to provide several treatments to address this.
Treatments For Sensitive Teeth
Initially, the treatment process for sensitive teeth include ruling out other common dental problems like cavities, a dying or fractured tooth and others. Once it has been determined that teeth sensitivity is the actual causer of pain, further treatment and care include:
- Using desensitizing toothpaste for up to six weeks
- Applying topical fluoride or desensitizing agent
- Bonding and more
Contact Dental Associates Of Delaware
If you think you are suffering from teeth sensitivity, contact us at our Brandywine / Wilmington, Middletown, Hockessin or Newark dental offices and we will gladly schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our dentists. They will work with you to figure out the best way to address your situation.