Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

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Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity causes a sharp, shooting pain that lasts for seconds or even minutes. It can occur while you’re brushing your teeth, talking, eating, or drinking. If your teeth begin hurting and you don’t understand what might be causing it, talk to the dentists at Prescott Dentistry. We can determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity and offer non-invasive treatments so you won’t have to suffer from tooth pain. 

Tooth Sensitivity Causes

The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is worn tooth enamel. When your enamel wears down, the sensitive dentin inside your tooth becomes exposed. This leads to pain while eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Minor trauma, such as a cracked or chipped tooth, can also cause sensitivity. Other causes of tooth sensitivity include cavities, gum disease, and worn down fillings. 

Eating certain types of food or extremely hot or cold food and drink can make tooth sensitivity worse. Alcohol-based oral rinses, alcoholic drinks, and acidic beverages like citrus juice and soda can also make tooth sensitivity worse. Try to avoid eating or drinking anything that provokes tooth pain until you can visit your dentist.  

Tooth Sensitivity Treatments

The treatments for tooth sensitivity will depend on the cause. It is very important to have your sensitive teeth examined by a dentist instead of attempting to treat the issue yourself. Only a dentist will be able to determine the cause and the appropriate treatment. 

Treatments for sensitive teeth include:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste can block the pain in sensitive areas. It’s available over-the-counter, but don’t use it unless instructed by your dentist.
  • Fluoride treatments will restore your tooth enamel and strengthen the sensitive tooth to effectively block or reduce pain. 
  • Dental bonding covers up any exposed tooth root surfaces and stops the pain and sensitivity. 
  • Root canal treatments will eliminate tooth sensitivity permanently. If you experience severe tooth pain, and it lasts longer than a few minutes, you might need a root canal. 

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment in Prescott

The best thing you can do if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity is to schedule an appointment at Prescott Dentistry. We will determine the cause, examine your teeth for serious issues or dental emergencies that may need immediate attention, and develop a treatment plan to eliminate your tooth sensitivity for good. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.