Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone and encountered a sudden shot 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 a warning that something is wrong. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.
A number of circumstances can cause 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 hard!
If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.
If you experience constant or intermittent pain in your teeth or gums, call 919-371-4428 right away to make an appointment. Dr. Acton 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 Cary Family Dental, we not only treat tooth sensitivity, we carry out entire cosmetic dental smile makeovers for our patients. Call us at 919-371-4428 to schedule a consultation and exam.
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