What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Are your teeth sensitive to hot and cold? You’re not alone. Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that many patients face. There are several different causes of tooth pain and sensitivity in patients, and luckily, many solutions. Dr. Albert Caves can treat patients with tooth sensitivity in Columbus, GA dental office. He uses modern technology and techniques in order to understand the needs of his patients. Dr. Caves and his dental team work with patients as individuals to create a treatment plan based on their dental history and current goals.

Tooth Sensitivity in Columbus, Georgia

Sensitive Teeth: Causes and Solutions

The most common reasons why patients develop tooth sensitivity can include:

  • Dental Erosion: Certain foods and beverages that have high acidity, as well as acid reflux can eat away at the tooth enamel. Tooth erosion exposes the layer beneath the tooth enamel. This dark layer, called dentin, leaves teeth sensitive to temperature. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and even dental crowns can cover eroded and worn teeth.
  • Bruxism: Teeth clenching and grinding, or bruxism, often occurs as a result of injury or stress on the temporomandibular joints. Like dental erosion, bruxism can wear down the teeth. We will recommend a custom-made nightguard for patients to wear during sleep. This type of mouthguard protects the teeth from further wear and relieves pressure off of the jaw.
  • Periodontitis: Also known as gum disease, periodontitis is caused by bacteria that irritate and, over time, deteriorate the gums. Alongside swollen and red gums, tooth sensitivity is a common symptom of gum disease. Early signs of developing gum disease include sensitive teeth and gums as well as gums that bleed when brushing and flossing. Routine dental visits and a good oral hygiene routine can help keep gum disease at bay.

Contact Our Dental Office Today

If you have noticed sudden tooth sensitivity, call Dr. Caves for an appointment. New patients can call (706) 407-4851, and current patients can call (706) 571-0079 You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Caves on our website. Please let Dr. Caves or a member of his dental team know if you have any further questions or concerns.