You would like to enjoy your hot coffee or that bite of frozen yogurt but the pain is sudden and sharp, and shoots deep into the nerve endings of your teeth. For some, even inhaling a breath of fresh air is enough to cause excruciating pain. If this sounds like you, you may have sensitive or hypersensitive teeth.
Reasons for Sensitive Teeth
From chipped or cracked teeth, worn tooth enamel, or gum disease, there are many reasons people develop sensitive teeth. Typically, sensitive teeth are the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. The outer layer of your teeth is made up of enamel, a hard, porous, mineralized tissue. A strong layer of enamel covers the visible portion of your teeth, while the roots are protected by cementum, a layer that is not quite as hard as enamel. The underlying layer of the tooth, called the dentine, is a porous layer with many tiny channels running through it to the nerve in the center. When the dentine loses its protective covering, teeth are at even greater risk of exposure to extreme temperatures, acids and sugar.
Treating Sensitive Teeth
The best way to avoid dental problems is by taking care of your teeth regularly. However, if you already have sensitive teeth you still have options. You can use special toothpaste designed to block sensation to the nerves or Dr. Gary Robison DDS can apply a fluoride gel that can also block sensation to the nerves with the added benefit of strengthening enamel. Depending on the reason for your sensitive teeth, Dr. Gary Robison DDS may be required to use more invasive solutions like performing a root canal, gum graft, or providing you with a restoration (inlay, crown).
You can keep your teeth from developing major problems when you develop a regular dental care routine that includes proper oral hygiene habits and routine appointments with Mesa Dentist Dr. Gary Robison DDS.
If you’re not sure about the best way to protect your teeth, or if you have sensitive teeth, contact Mesa Dentist, Dr. Gary Robison DDS of Robison Dental Group @ 480-924-2300 or General Dental Services for a consultation.