Taking that bite of your favorite ice cream on a hot day is a perfect day to you, until you feel that sharp zing of pain when the ice cream hits your tooth. It goes away immediately, but it sure does make eating your ice cream a challenge! You may not think twice about that sensitivity until it hits you again, but did you know that it could be the sign of a larger problem? Your dentist in Dublin, Ohio discusses why your teeth may be sensitive.
Did you know that brushing your teeth too vigorously can erode your enamel? Especially if you’re using a hard bristled brush. Protect your teeth from enamel erosion by using only soft bristle brushes and brushing slowly and gently for two minutes. Investing in an electric toothbrush may also solve the problem, as it will do the brushing for you.
If you have a tooth that has been injured or fractured, you may begin experiencing sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods or beverages. If the fracture reaches the nerve in your root the pain may become severe and can result in an infection. At this point your tooth may require a root canal and crown to repair the damage.
This is why it’s best to have your dentist check your tooth out when you initially begin to feel sensitivity. You may be able to have a less costly and invasive procedure done to repair your tooth if the damage doesn’t have time to progress.
Old Restoration Breakdown
You may have an old restoration that is no longer sealed properly and is allowing bacteria into your tooth. This happens a lot with old silver amalgam fillings. Because of the constant temperature changes in your mouth, silver fillings will expand and contract, eventually pulling away from your tooth and allowing leakage.
Your dentist can replace your old filling with a newer, more durable tooth colored restoration that will complement your smile. Porcelain is used for crowns and veneers, while composite resin is now the material of choice for dental fillings.
Periodontal (gum) disease can also be the cause of sensitivity as it causes your gums to recede and expose your sensitive root. At this stage of gum disease, you may need a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planing that removes plaque and tartar build up from beneath the gum line. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, however your dentist and hygienist can evaluate your situation and recommend the treatment that will best help you to control your gum disease.
At Distinctive Smiles of Dublin, our goal is to help you achieve and maintain your oral health for a lifetime. Visiting us regularly for cleanings and check up is your first line of defense against tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. If your teeth are sensitive, schedule an appointment with us today to determine what’s going on, so you can quickly get back on the path to wellness.