What’s Causing Your Sensitive Teeth?

Posted on: April 4, 2017

woman in painMid Wilshire Dentistry would like to take the time to talk tooth sensitivity, where it comes from, and how it can be avoided or neutralized through great oral health habits. Have you ever had a cold drink that caused your teeth discomfort? Food and drinks of temperature extremity tend to set off tooth sensitivity, causing pain that can make you wince, even while brushing and flossing as you normally would. Tooth sensitivity is quite a broad term that can mean tenderness anywhere on or near the tooth — the surface, the dentin, the root, and along the gum line.

If you experience tooth sensitivity, it isn’t something that you should have to suffer through. There are even home remedies and, if necessary, dental procedures that can help tooth sensitivity and can lessen pain and discomfort.

Have you had a procedure done with Mid Wilshire Dentistry lately? That could actually play a role in increased tooth sensitivity. Dental procedures can often involve pressure, drilling, vibration, and even heat that will cause your teeth to become sensitive, more so than you experience in your day to day dealings. A root canal, for instance, can increase sensitivity in or around the area in question. Tooth extraction and crown placement can also result in increased tooth sensitivity. If your symptoms persist after a few days, then get in touch with Mid Wilshire Dentistry today and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your tooth sensitivity in Los Angeles.

Laser dentistry can significantly reduce irritation, inflammation, and discomfort. Often, laser dentistry is more precise, focusing on the area in question, which is better about leaving surrounding structures and tissues unaffected. More and more laser dentistry is a popular option among our patients at Mid Wilshire Dentistry.

Your tooth could also be cracked or damaged, which can certainly lead to increased sensitivity. In some cases, you might not even be aware that your tooth is damaged. Structural integrity of our teeth is something we all take for granted. But the reality is that eating something as simple and healthy as an almond can actually leave you with a cracked, chipped, or even broken tooth.

Decay around the edges of your fillings could be causing discomfort or increased tooth sensitivity. As your fillings age, they can weaken, fracture, even start to leak around the edges. This is fertile ground for bacteria to grow and flourish, increasing in number and accumulating in tiny nooks, crannies, and crevices. This leads to acid buildup which breaks down tooth enamel. Fillings can be easily replaced, so just make sure that you’re scheduling and sticking to your routine visits with Mid Wilshire Dentistry.

You might also be using harsh mouthwashes or even whitening toothpaste which can be contributing to tooth sensitivity. Many types of mouthwash and toothpaste manufacturers add whitening chemicals to their products which can make your teeth more sensitive, especially if dentin in the middle layer of the tooth are exposed (this is due to enamel wearing down from acids and everyday irritants).

The toothbrush you choose and use every day might also be contributing to your increased tooth sensitivity. The way you brush can also play a role. If you use too much force and a back-and-forth movement instead of a circular movement, this can wear down the protective layers of your teeth, exposing microscopic canals, tubes, and fissures, triggering your dental nerves. When nerves are left exposed, foods extreme in temperature, acidity, or stickiness can be increasingly uncomfortable to eat. Switching to a softer toothbrush, perhaps an electronic model where force can be even and consistently measured will ultimately be better for your teeth.

If you suffer from TMJ or grind your teeth with any sort of regularity, then you are especially susceptible to having sensitive teeth. This also wears down protective coating on your teeth, exposing your nerves. Your dentist can custom shape appliances for patients to wear in order to minimize damage from tooth grinding. These can also be worn during sleep for those who grind at night.

Again, if you suffer from sensitive teeth, chances are Mid Wilshire Dentistry can help you. You don’t have to suffer from sensitive teeth a moment longer. Contact us and we’ll get to the bottom of what is causing your tooth sensitivity and provide treatment to help you solidify a bright and healthy smile.