Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you felt a sudden shock 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 signal 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 lead to 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 vigorously!
If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening such as the ones we do here at The Lewisville Dentist, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.
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 The Lewisville Dentist in Lewisville, we not only treat tooth sensitivity, but we also carry out entire smile redesigns for our patients in the Lewisville area. Call us at 469-708-4713 to schedule a consultation and exam.
Because everyone deserves to smile!
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