If you cringe when you see someone bite into ice cream with their teeth because it gives you brain freeze, you probably have sensitive teeth. While everyone’s teeth are sensitive to extreme cold, some have more sensitivity to cold and hot foods. Did you know your sensitive teeth could be a sign of a more complex dental health concern? Columbus family dentist Dr. Albert Caves has some solutions for your sensitive teeth.
Teeth become sensitive when the dentin becomes exposed. Dentin is what your teeth are made of and it has tiny nerve endings. Normally, teeth have a layer of enamel that acts as a shield over them, but over time, this enamel wears away, and the sensitive dentin is exposed. There could also be a few other reasons you may have sensitive teeth.
Contact Dr. Caves if you think you have the following dental concerns:
Broken Teeth: Teeth are strong, but sometimes they break. When a tooth breaks, the dentin in the broken section is exposed, because enamel is only on the outside of the teeth. This exposed dentin is very sensitive to temperature and pressure changes, meaning that your morning cup of coffee might hurt more than usual.
Tooth Decay: Over time, the natural layer of enamel wears away. In addition to discoloration and stains, loss of enamel increases tooth sensitivity. Decay can be prevented by regular brushing, flossing, and in-office cleanings. Tooth decay can lead to further dental problems if left untreated, so be sure to visit Dr. Caves before the problem progresses.
Gum Disease: Just like our teeth, gums can decay over time. Bacteria builds up in hard-to-reach places like the back of the mouth and in between teeth near the gumline. When bacteria get to the gums, it can cause temperature and pressure sensitivity. Many Americans experience gum disease, and an easy prevention method is regular tooth brushing and flossing. Left untreated, however, gum disease can lead to health problems beyond the mouth.
Tooth sensitivity may be a warning sign of a more complex dental health concern. Dr. Caves will consult with you individually to diagnose complex dental issues early and find the most conservative, comfortable treatment possible. Schedule an appointment online or call 706.407.4851 today!