If you experience excessive and consistent tooth sensitivity, you may be experiencing a side effect of a separate oral problem. When you visit Ling Family Dentistry, our dentists can examine your mouth and look for signs is bigger problems. Depending on the cause of your sensitivity, Dr. Ling, Dr. Pope, and Dr. Latterell will provide you with the necessary treatment. Please contact us today at 763-784-1993 and schedule your appointment if you are experiencing tooth pain or tooth sensitivity in Blaine, Minnesota.
For most people, it is common to experience some tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking hot and cold foods; however, when your sensitivity is coupled with pain, you may have a bigger problem. Within each of your teeth is something called dentin. Dentin is protected by your tooth enamel on the crown (above the gums) and protected by cementum in the roots (below the gums). Dentin is also greatly affected by cold and heat. When it is exposed to extreme temperatures, dentin causes the nerves in your teeth to register pain and sensitivity.
Your tooth’s dentin can become exposed from a variety of things, including:
- Excessive consumption of highly acidic foods
- Aggressive brushing
- Extreme usage of teeth whitening products
- Lack of dental hygiene, leading to tooth decay
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
To treat your extreme tooth sensitivity or pain, our dentists may recommend a variety of treatments, depending on the cause of your pain. Simple treatments may include desensitizing toothpaste, or a dental crown, inlays, or bonding. However, if you are experiencing pain and sensitivity due to gum disease, our dentists will recommend gum treatment or even a gum graft to re-cover the roots of your teeth. To help determine the cause of your sensitivity, our dentists may use a digital X-ray and thus be able to provide you with a more accurate, personalized treatment plan. For more information, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.