Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients. At least 40 million adults in the United States suffer at some time from sensitive teeth. www.knowyourteeth.com
The outer layer of the tooth, enamel, is the hardest material in the human body. Tooth sensitivity indicates that the enamel has been worn, or, gums have receded, exposing more sensitive areas of dentin (the surface between tooth enamel and the nerve of the tooth). Dentin is made up of tiny tubes that act as receptors; when dentin comes in contact with hot or cold foods and liquids, or even cold air, the nerve can become irritated, resulting in tooth pain.
Reducing Tooth Sensitivity
Some toothpastes are designed specifically to reduce tooth sensitivity, using these routinely may help. We might also recommend fluoride treatments, minor tooth bonding procedures or dental sealants to ease sensitivity related to gum recession.
When to Call Us
We welcome questions, any time, of course, and the best way to uncover the cause of any dental problem is an examination by your dentist. If your tooth is highly sensitive and you have a strong reaction to hot or temperatures, it is possible that you may be dealing with active dental decay or the beginnings of an abscess. We want to help you minimize your cost of dental care and prevent pain, so best to call us right away if any problem is persistent. 770.536.3254References www.ada.org www.knowyourteeth.com