Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Hot or Cold? Here’s Why
If the first lick of an ice cream cone, or a sip of hot cocoa, produce painful reactions, or if even brushing your teeth causes you some discomfort, you’ve got a tooth sensitivity problem. Why not bring the issue to the attention of the orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc.. A healthy, comfortable bite that allows us to enjoy our meals to the fullest is just one of the goals of the treatments we provide at our state-of-the-art office.
There are a variety of factors that can lead to tooth sensitivity, and a thorough examination is an important step to determining the cause and solution to the condition. Our teeth above the gum line are protected by a layer of enamel. Beneath the gum line lies another protective layer called cementum, and below that is dentin. When dentin starts to lose its protective coatings, foods and beverages that are acidic, sticky, cold or hot come into direct contact with the nerves inside your tooth. That’s when sensitivity starts to become troublesome.
Why is this occurring? Some common causes are cavities, worn fillings, cracked teeth, gum disease, worn enamel, and exposed tooth roots. There are a variety of solutions depending on the source of your tooth sensitivity, some as simple as brushing your teeth with toothpaste that contains ingredients that block transmission of the nerve pain; to a root canal treatment if the sensitivity can’t be eliminated by other means.
The most important step to take to prevent any of these conditions from rising to the surface is to maintain proper oral hygiene. If you have any questions or concerns about tooth sensitivity or other issues affecting your oral health, speak to the orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. We’ve been making our patients smile about the appearance, comfort and function of their teeth for years! Please contact our office to arrange an appointment.