Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you experienced a sudden jolt of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel has eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located. Ouch!
Tooth sensitivity can be a signal that something is not right. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.
A number of factors can result in gum recession including consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too vigorously!
If your teeth are sensitive following professional teeth whitening such as the ones we do here at Blaisdell Family Dentistry, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.
If you experience constant or intermittent pain in your teeth or gums, call 208-377-9696 right away to make an appointment. Drs. Blaisdell takes tooth pain seriously.
There are many treatments for tooth sensitivity including desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatments, and gum grafting. Of course, if you need a restoration, that is the first order of business.
At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we not only treat tooth sensitivity but also perform entire smile redesigns for our patients in the Boise area. Call us at 208-377-9696 to schedule a consultation and exam.
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