Do you experience sudden, sharp tooth pain when enjoying your favorite ice cream? Or inhale a breath of cold air? If temperature extremes make your mouth cringe, you are not alone! Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental conditions we encounter here at Preston Family Dentistry in Dallas, Texas.
Why do your teeth sometimes hurt? Beneath tooth enamel, there are tiny tubes in the tissue of the dentin carrying fluid to the nerves. When this fluid moves within the tubes, you might feel nerve irritation. Normally, dentin is protected by tooth enamel, but if your gums have receded or your enamel has worn down, the tubules might become exposed, making you vulnerable to temperature extremes.
For our patients dealing with tooth sensitivity, we often recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste and brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Limit consuming soft drinks and acidic foods to protect your pearly whites from further enamel erosion. Tooth sensitivity can also benefit from any of the following:
Fluoride: applying fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth.
Desensitizing or bonding: sometimes we can treat exposed root surfaces by applying bonding resin to the sensitive root surfaces.
Root canal: if your sensitive teeth cause severe pain and other treatments aren’t effective, our dentist may recommend a root canal to treat problems in the tooth’s dental pulp.
Surgical gum graft: if the tooth root has lost gum tissue, our dentist might recommend taking a small amount of gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and attaching it to the affected site to protect the roots.
Are you seeking relief from ongoing tooth sensitivity? If so, we can help! Give us a call at 972-447-9707 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Mehrnaz Iranmehr. Our Preston Family Dentistry team in Dallas, Texas, is here to help you with all of your oral care needs!