Patients can experience tooth sensitivity for a number of reasons. Tooth sensitivity can be uncomfortable and may even prevent you from enjoying your favorite food and drinks. Tooth sensitivity can affect any patient, at any age.
It is imperative that patients visit the dentist to uncover the cause of their tooth sensitivity. Dr. James Lassiter, a Kingsland dentist, offers a full range of dental services at Lassiter Family Dentistry. To find the cause of tooth sensitivity, Dr. Lassiter will perform a comprehensive oral exam and discuss your symptoms. The treatment you receive is depending on the root cause of tooth sensitivity. Dr. Lassieter will work with you to alleviate your symptoms and restore health to your smile.
To learn more about your treatment options, call (912) 576-4011 or request an appointment online.
Common Reasons For Tooth Sensitivity
- You use your teeth as tools. When you use your teeth to open packages, cans, or other objects, you are subjecting your teeth to chips, cracks, and fractures. If tooth damage leads to dentin or pulp exposure, patients may experience tooth sensitivity or pain.
- Teeth grinding or clenching. Teeth grinding can lead to headaches, tooth damage, and tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding usally occurs during sleep, so patients don’t realize they grind their teeth until they visit the dentist.
- Harsh brushing. Aggressive brushing can increase your risk of tooth sensitivity. If you’re using a hard bristled brush, you may want to consider using a soft bristled brush and changing your brushing technique.
- Tooth decay. Tooth decay can break down the enamel which can expose the dentin and lead to tooth sensitivity.
- Gum disease. Over time, gum disease can compromise the health of your teeth and gums. Patients with gum disease may develop tooth sensitivity.
- Cold weather. Cold weather or cold air can cause tooth sensitivity. Talk to you dentist if you only experience tooth sensitivity during cold weather.