Tooth Sensitivity 101

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Do you sometimes cringe when taking a bite of ice cream or a sip of hot tea? If so, you are not alone. Sudden, sharp tooth pain is one of the most common dental conditions we encounter at Aesthetic Dentistry Associates in Humble, Texas.

Beneath your tooth enamel lie tiny tubes in the tissue of the dentin carrying fluid to the nerves. When this fluid moves within the tubes, you might feel nerve irritation. Normally, dentin is protected by the hard enamel covering, but if your gums have receded or your tooth enamel has worn down, the tubules might be exposed and vulnerable to temperature extremes.

To help relieve your tooth sensitivity, we recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste and when you brush your pearly whites, brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It will also help to limit consuming soft drinks and acidic foods to protect from further enamel erosion.

In addition, Drs. David K. Umansky, Christian Nino, and Naila Zafer may also recommend the following:

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.

If you would like to find relief from ongoing tooth sensitivity, please come in and let Drs. David K. Umansky, Christian Nino, or Naila Zafer help. Call our Aesthetic Dentistry Associates team in Humble, Texas, at 281-446-4700 and let us help you find joy in eating your favorite food again!