Do your teeth hurt when you inhale a breath of cold air, or when sipping hot tea? This sudden tooth pain arises with tooth sensitivity and is one of the most common dental conditions we see in our practice. At the dental practice of George Strickland, DDS in Venice, Florida, our dentist, Dr. George Strickland, can assist you with any tooth sensitivity issues you may have.
There are tiny tubes in the tissue of the dentin (the layer beneath the enamel) carrying fluid to the nerves. When the fluid moves within the tubes, you may experience nerve irritation.
Normally, your dentin is protected by the hard enamel covering, but if you have gums which have receded, or your enamel has worn down, this allows the tubules to be exposed. Once your tubules are exposed, you can experience sudden, sharp pain from eating or drinking cold or hot foods, touching your teeth, or exposing your teeth to cold air.
To help with tooth sensitivity, you can use a desensitizing toothpaste and brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and limit soda and acidic food consumption. Additionally, our dentist may recommend:
– Fluoride: applying fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth.
– Desensitizing or bonding: sometimes we can treat exposed root surfaces by applying bonding resin to the sensitive root surfaces.
– Root canal: if your sensitive teeth cause severe pain and other treatments aren’t effective, our dentist may recommend a root canal to treat problems in the tooth’s dental pulp.
– Surgical gum graft: if the tooth root has lost gum tissue, our dentist might recommend taking a small amount of gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and attaching it to the affected site to protect the roots.
To seek treatment for your sensitive teeth, please call 941-451-7059 to schedule an appointment. Dr. George Strickland and our team of professionals in Venice, Florida, want to help you maintain your smile health!