Tooth Sensitivity: What could be the cause?

dentist in RidgewoodThe origin of the zinging sensation felt upon exposure to hot, cold, sweet, or sour can be attributed to anything from a result of lifestyle habits to a serious dental problem. This discomfort is not to be ignored because the cause can result in the necessity for extensive repair. If caught early, your dentist can either correct the immediate problem, or give you the tools to prevent further damage.

Many patients brush their teeth with a hard bristle tooth brush and heavy hand in a misguided attempt to remove dental plaque. This method of dental care does more damage than good. Years of this type of treatment can result in gum recession and worn dental enamel.

A better option is a soft bristle brush or electronic tooth brush. Using even, light strokes will do the job without creating damage. An added benefit when using the electronic tooth brush is that most come with a built-in timer that will encourage brushing the recommended two minutes each time you brush.

Gum recession, whether manually induced or the result of advanced age, can mean tooth sensitivity. One solution is bonding the exposed dentin with composite resin; dental veneers are another option to resolve receding gum tissue.

Discomfort in a tooth can point to dental decay. A cavity that is not repaired can escalate into a broken tooth. When a tooth breaks, root exposure can lead to the need for a root canal. Unfortunately, if the condition has led to the need for endodontic therapy, the only other option is to extract the tooth, which should always be used as a last resort. Most often if dental decay is treated early, a composite filling will resolve the problem.

Gum disease usually starts due to insufficient dental hygiene. However, there are patients that brush, floss, and observe all recommended dental rules that still develop gum disease. Genetics, illness, and some medications can predispose some to periodontal problems. Consistent visits with your dentist will monitor patients providing suggestions like deep cleaning, fluoridated rinses, and more frequent professional cleanings to control the problem.

Your teeth serve such an important role in daily living, their care should be a priority. Eating, speaking, smiling … all of these functions rely on healthy teeth and gums. Discomfort from tooth sensitivity can be controlled, and your dentist at EuroDental Studio can show you how.

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