Many patients experience tooth sensitivity as a temporary or chronic condition. Tooth sensitivity is a painful sensation that you often experience after consuming something cold, hot, acidic, or sweet. Generally, your tooth enamel will protect your teeth from these elements; however, your tooth enamel can wear down from plaque acid, age, poor dental hygiene, or other issues. When this happens, the underlayers of the tooth become exposed and vulnerable.

While tooth sensitivity itself is not a debilitating condition, it can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Common causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Broken, chipped, or fractured tooth
  • Tooth decay/cavity
  • Gum recession

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

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 or dental restoration. If it is needed, he may also recommend a root canal treatment.

Some patients are prone to tooth sensitivity, despite having pristine oral health. If this describes you, you can reduce or eliminate your discomfort with sensitivity-reducing toothpastes and mouthwashes. You can also manage your sensitivity by making changes to your oral care routine. Such changes may include purchasing a soft-bristled toothbrush, brushing softly and properly. These practices will help you avoid enamel erosion and gum recession, both of which contribute to sensitivity.

If you have questions about how you can treat tooth sensitivity, please contact our friendly dental office in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, at 586-296-1140 today. You are also welcome to contact us to make an appointment with our dentist.