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Causes and Treatments of Tooth Sensitivity

Posted on 6/20/2022 by Dick Hikade, DDS
Causes and Treatments of Tooth SensitivityTooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects many people. When you eat or drink cold, hot, sweet, or acidic foods, you may feel a sharp pain. The pain may also occur when you breathe in cold air. Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of tooth decay or other dental problems. Here are the causes and treatment methods of tooth sensitivity.

Tooth Decay And Cavities

Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. When the enamel on your teeth starts to break down, it can expose the sensitive root surfaces and cause pain when you eat or drink something hot, cold, sweet, or acidic. The best way to treat tooth decay is to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. If you have a cavity, your dentist will fill it with a tooth-colored filling. If the decay is severe, you may need a root canal to remove the infected tissue and save your tooth.

Gum Disease

When gums become inflamed, they can pull away from the teeth and expose the roots. It exposes the nerves and makes them more sensitive. The nerves become irritated and inflamed, causing pain. Treatment for gum disease includes a professional cleaning, antibiotics, and in some cases, surgery. The cleaning process involves the removal of tartar, plaque, and bacteria from the teeth and gums. Antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria, such as Penicillin. Surgery is only done in severe cases where the gums have pulled away from the teeth to a great extent.

Vitamin Or Mineral Deficiency

A lack of vitamins D and B12 can cause tooth sensitivity. You can get these vitamins from food or supplements. Your dentist may also recommend fluoride treatments to help with tooth sensitivity.

If you experience sensitive teeth, there are several things you can do to find relief. Call our dental care clinic to schedule an appointment. Our dental care professionals can help you determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity and recommend the best treatment option for you.

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