Tooth sensitivity is discomfort and irritation in a tooth in response to something hot, cold, sweet, or sour. Tooth sensitivity can be quite painful. It can make a person dread eating foods that are hot or cold.
This discomfort can range from mild sensitivity to severe pain. Sometimes removing the trigger from your diet is enough to stop the hypersensitivity; other times, you may need professional treatment to stop the tooth sensitivity.
How Common Is Tooth Sensitivity?
It is estimated that almost 40% of adults have sensitive teeth. This condition can be caused by tooth decay, gum recession, damaged fillings, fractured teeth, or worn enamel. If left untreated, tooth sensitivity can lead to serious oral health problems. Sensitivity tends to be more common in women than men and tends to increase with age due to thinning of the gums.
Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Several things can cause your teeth to become sensitive. The most common causes of tooth sensitivity are:
Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth sensitivity. The gums pull away from the teeth and create pockets that become infected by bacteria and then irritate the nerves. This can lead to painful sensations in the teeth and jaws.
When a tooth has a crack or breaks near the gum line, it can cause sensitivity to temperature changes and certain foods.
- Dental Restorations Like Fillings and Crowns
Dental restorations are common procedures that can expose your nerve endings and lead to pain. Over time, the restoration can wear out and cause the same symptoms as a cracked tooth.
If your teeth have become sensitive, talk to our dentist about treatment solutions for you.
Treatment Options for Tooth Sensitivity
The most common treatment for tooth sensitivity is using toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth. This helps to seal and cover the nerve endings, thereby keeping them from being exposed to unfavorable conditions of the mouth. Our dentist can discuss options with you and determine the best solution for your particular condition.
In extreme or more complex cases, we may recommend other treatment solutions, such as dental bonding, fluoride treatment, gum graft, etc.
For more information, contact our Alexandria dental office at (703) 823-2848 or 5130 Duke St, Suite 8, Alexandria, VA 22304, or our Manassas dental office at (703) 479-7654 or 8608 Centreville Rd, Manassas, VA 20110.