Are Your Teeth a Sensitive Subject for You?
- Posted on: Oct 15 2017
Our teeth are small but important parts of the body. When we talk about them, it may be to express a desire to bring out more beauty. We may talk about a nasty toothache and the frustration we feel at having to have a tooth repaired. But sensitivity? That is a different subject altogether, and it is one that we don’t often bring up. We think we know why tooth sensitivity doesn’t always get the attention it needs.
In the early days of modern dentistry, treatment options were quite a bit more limited than they are today. People may not have realized that slight tooth pain was anything more than aging, seeing that the aging process was blamed for many treatable dental problems. Now, such an evolution has taken place that there are commercial products that help people manage their sensitive teeth so they can enjoy eating once again. This may seem beneficial, but it could exacerbate an unpleasant problem. Here’s why . . .
To have sensitive teeth doesn’t just mean that you were born with sensitive teeth. In many cases, the throbbing or aching sensation that occurs when hot or cold stimuli come into contact with teeth is related to something else. It’s a symptom rather than a problem. When this is recognized, there is a chance for long-term improvement. But first, we’ve got to investigate what could be making teeth so sensitive.
Some of the common sources include:
- Tooth decay. A cavity form when the outer covering of enamel has been worn down in one particular spot. Enamel isn’t strong and durable only to help us bite and chew. It also protects the nerves and vessels inside the tooth.
- Tooth erosion. This is a similar problem to a cavity, only larger. Cavities are localized deterioration of enamel, erosion is widespread, and it can happen faster than you may imagine. When the shell of enamel thins out, there is less protective covering for reactive nerves in the pulp chamber.
- Root exposure. For a root at the base of a tooth to be exposed, gum tissue has to wear away. This is referred to as gum recession. In a weakened state, gums cannot adhere to teeth, and space develops in between the two, making it harder for nerves to resist stimulation from temperature changes and other sources.
If sensitivity is a problem for you, we can help you get to the source. There are treatment options, such as dental crowns, fillings, or veneers, that may quickly improve comfort. To schedule care in our Glen Dale office, call 304-845-2480.
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