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Does the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee cause pain?  Does brushing or flossing make you wince sometimes?  If so, you may be suffering from sensitive teeth.





Some possible causes for sensitivity:  AZ Family Dentist San Tan Valley

  • Cavities (tooth decay)
  • Fractured teeth
  • Fillings that are worn
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth enamel is worn
  • Exposed tooth root


With healthy teeth, there is a layer of enamel that protects the crown of the tooth. AZ Family Dentist San Tan Valley This is the part above the gum line.  Under the gum line, there is a layer called cementum.  It protects the tooth root.  Underneath both of these layers is the dentin.  The dentin is less dense and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow canals).  When the dentin loses the covering, the tubules allow heat and cold, acidic, or even sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth.  Dentin can also become exposed if the gums recede.  This may result in hypersensitivity. #smilewithconfidence


The good news is sensitive teeth can be treated.  The treatment will depend on what the cause is.  Here are a few suggestions your dentist may recommend:

  1. Desensitizing toothpaste.  This type of toothpaste contains compounds that help to block transmission sensations from the surface of the tooth to the nerve.  Several applications will be needed before any sensitivity is reduced.
  2. Fluoride gel.  Your dentist will use this in-office.  It strengthens the tooth enamel and will reduce the transmission of sensations.
  3. Crown, Inlay or bonding.  This is used to correct any flaws or decay that have occurred because of sensitivity. #martindental
  4. Surgical gum graft.  If the gum tissue has been lost from around the root, a graft will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
  5. Root Canal.  If the sensitivity is so severe and is persistent and all these other treatments aren’t working, your dentist may recommend this type of treatment to eliminate the problem. 
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