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Tooth Sensitivity

Have you ever felt pain when you drink a hot cup of coffee, an ice cold drink, or even when you simply brush your teeth? It’s possible you are dealing with tooth sensitivity.

What is Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity starts on the inside of your tooth, where microscopic canals holding dental nerves become inflamed. If the dental nerves are exposed due to a cavity or wearing of the enamel (outside coating of your teeth), sensitivity can be experienced. Hot, cold, acidic food and drinks can cause a pain sensation when the dental nerves become inflamed.

What Does Tooth Sensitivity Mean?

Tooth sensitivity could be an indication of something bigger such as:

  • Gum disease, Periodontal disease
  • Worn enamel or restorations
  • Fractures in the teeth
  • Cavities
  • Recession or bone loss

Dealing with Tooth Sensitivity

  • Desensitizing Toothpaste – Prescription grade toothpaste can help block dental sensitivity from inside the tooth.
  • Fluoride Application – A five minute procedure that can help strengthen your teeth from the inside out
  • Night Guard / Retainers – Sometimes dental sensitivity can occur because of clenching or grinding while you sleep. A night guard or retainers may be a good option to help you protect your teeth.
  • Gum Graft – This procedure is done when recession and bone loss are present causing the dental nerves to be exposed. Placing extra tissue around the area of concern can help with sensitivity.
  • Crown / Fillings – Can be used to correct fractures or decay that is causing the sensitivity.
  • Root Canal Treatment – If your pain and sensitivity are persistent and other methods have not been successful, our dentists may recommend a root canal to eliminate the problem.

Call our office today (910) 270-9344 or use our online scheduling service to ask about our numerous procedures and recommendations to help with dental sensitivity. We also offer complementary virtual consultations to new patients.

If you have any questions or comments, contact us online or check our FAQ page. We look forward to serving you.