What causes tooth sensitivity?

Welcome back to the blog and hope you are having a wonderful spring! Tooth sensitivity is experienced by more than 1 in 4 people nationwide. Hot coffee, cold water, or a chilly breeze shouldn’t evoke fear or pain out of you! Let’s discuss potential causes and accepted treatments for excessively sensitive teeth.

Common causes of teeth sensitivity:

  • Receding gums- excessive clinching or aggressive brushing can move the gum margin away from the crown of the tooth. Exposed root surface is the culprit here.  gum recession
  • Decayed teeth- Areas that are difficult to brush or poor diet habits like excessive sugar intake could lead to “cavities”
  • Recent dental work- Due to the nature of dental work, it is common to have some sensitivity associated with teeth that have recently been adjusted or repaired.  cracked tooth
  • Fractured Teeth- Fractures in teeth allow sugars and fluids of varying temperatures to proceed closer to the pulp inside the tooth. Anytime a foreign material comes close to the pulp canal in a tooth, sensitivity is to be expected.

Depending on the nature of the teeth sensitivity, a diagnosis and treatment plan can be made right here at Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. From “gum grafting” to improved oral hygiene habits, our team can inform you about your best options! Give us a call today and let’s figure out what we can do for you and your tooth sensitivity. We offer free consultations and Saturday appointments by calling (859)276-5496.

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