Are you one of the many millions of people who avoid overly hot or cold foods and drinks? Maybe you are a runner who dreads the cold winter months because it wreaks such havoc on your teeth? Those with sensitive teeth usually know that they have the condition, but for most, it is a mystery as to just why they suffer this wildly uncomfortable issue. At Martin Dentistry in Stockton, CA, we place a lot of emphasis on patient education and offer the following details about tooth sensitivity and its causes.
The first thing to know is that your teeth are not made from just one sort of material. There is the enamel, the dentin, the nerves and more. Whenever you get general dentistry or preventative dentistry, it is usually meant to ensure the health of all parts of the teeth and the gums. So, if there is some surface decay on the enamel, we will treat it to prevent the spread of it.
Yet, sensitive teeth can be caused by issues we normally treat as well as those we have little control over. As your chosen dentist in Stockton, we can help you to determine if your sensitive teeth are caused by:
- Brushing too hard and/or aggressively, which can wear down the enamel that protects the sensitive interior of the tooth
- Bruxism (grinding the teeth)
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay or failing fillings that have left the interior of the tooth exposed to hot or cold
- Sensitivity caused by dental treatments
It is entirely possible that your sensitive teeth are due to multiple issues. The first step in determining the causes is to come for a visit. We can discuss the issue and then help you figure out how to bring the pain and discomfort of it to a quick end. How? You might need a filing, or an old filling replaced. You may need some treatment for your gums. It could be that you would benefit from a desensitizing toothpaste and a quick review of proper brushing techniques.
Contact Our Dentist to Learn More
Are you suffering from dental sensitivity of any kind? If so, give us a call at our Stockton, CA office at 209-951-4251. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.