Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you felt a sudden zap 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 tip-off 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 result in 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 forcefully!
If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening such as the ones we do here at Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.
If you experience constant or intermittent pain in your teeth or gums, call 410-357-0099 right away to make an appointment. Dr. Longenecker takes tooth pain seriously.
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 Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS in Monkton, we not only treat tooth sensitivity, we also perform entire cosmetic dental smile makeovers for our patients in the Monkton area. Call us at 410-357-0099 to schedule a consultation and exam.
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