Tooth sensitivity is a painful condition that causes you to think twice about drinking a hot beverage or enjoying an ice cream cone. If you have this condition, you are one of approximately 40 million American adults, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to treat this, and the process begins by speaking with the dentists at Petrone Family Dentistry.
There are many causes of tooth sensitivity, which is why you need to speak with your dentist. While this pain may be the result of general sensitivity, it can also be a symptom of gum disease, a cavity or an impacted tooth.
True tooth sensitivity, or dentin hypersensitivity, may affect one tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth, depending on the person. Typical causes of this pain are exposure of the roots of the teeth due to gum recession or the enamel is worn down from wear, aggressive tooth brushing or grinding your teeth at night.
Tooth sensitivity may range from mild to intense, and can come and go for no obvious reason. Common triggers of this sensitivity are:
If you are experiencing dental pain due to these triggers and it persists for more than a few days, you need to schedule an appointment.
There are several treatment options for sensitive teeth and these include:
If you are experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, and have started to avoid eating foods that you love because of it, you need to see your dentist. At Petrone Family Dentistry, we can diagnose the cause of your pain and create a treatment plan to address it. This sensitivity will not go away without dental care, so don’t wait to find relief. Schedule an appointment today so that you can be pain-free as soon as possible.