Many patients experience tooth sensitivity, either temporarily or as a chronic condition. It is a painful sensation that typically occurs after eating or drinking something cold, hot, acidic, or sweet. Normally, tooth enamel protects your teeth from these elements, but when enamel is worn away by acids, tooth wear, or age, the underlayers of the tooth are made vulnerable.
While tooth sensitivity itself is not a debilitating condition in and of itself, it can be a symptom of another problem. Common causes of tooth sensitivity include:
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Broken, chipped, or fractured tooth
- Tooth decay/cavity
- Gum recession
If you experience frequent tooth sensitivity, Dr. Konopka can perform a dental exam to determine the cause of your discomfort. Depending on the reason for your sensitivity, he may recommend treatments such as a fluoride varnish, dental restoration, or—if needed—root canal treatment.
Some patients are prone to tooth sensitivity despite having pristine oral health, and can reduce or eliminate their discomfort with sensitivity-reducing toothpastes and mouthwashes. You can also manage your sensitivity by making changes to your oral care routine, such as purchasing a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing properly and gently to avoid enamel erosion and gum recession.
If you have questions about treating tooth sensitivity, or to make an appointment with our dentist, contact our friendly dental office in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, at 586-296-1140 today.