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Treating Hypersensitive Teeth at Tetrick Dentistry

What causes hypersensitive teeth?

If it happens that your teeth easily responds to heat or cold stimuli, even a touch or suction, there you experience an abrupt, transient discomfort or pain. More often, you will not mind it since the discomfort passes quickly. You can pick out which is the offending tooth and you just try to keep it out of the way of the stimulus. Well, it’s just not the way to handle the situation. Before it gets any worse or before the pain becomes a full-blown crisis, the wisest thing to do is see your dentist right away.

You may have hypersensitive teeth. Its most common causes are exposure of the roots because the gums have receded, and the other is exposure of dentin, which is the layer underneath the tooth’s enamel that has eroded. If your gums are no longer hugging your root surfaces, it might be due to harsh brushing or harsh toothpaste, or a chronic inflammation of the gums. If there is enamel erosion, the causes can be high acidic food intake, frequent bleaching, or smoking, any of which can soften enamel and expose your dentin. Dentin has numerous microscopic tubules that lead to the pulp, where nerves are present and are sensitive to outside elements.

Other common causes of tooth hypersensitivity are a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, or a recently place dental filling material. To determine how to resolve this is a visit to the dentist.

Care and Attention to Sensitivity

Your Bellingham dentists can identify or rule out any underlying causes of your tooth sensitivity. Depending on the circumstances, he might recommend desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride, bonding or root canal. Dr. Tetrick has seen many such cases of highly sensitive teeth. He will say that your teeth are trying to tell you what’s wrong and that you should not ignore the symptoms.