Sensitive teeth can be frustrating and downright painful. If a gulp of cold water or swig of hot coffee make you wince, then you know what we’re talking about. Ever wonder why this problem happens or what you can do about it? Let’s take a quick look.

Teeth can become sensitive when the root becomes exposed or the enamel becomes worn down. A chipped tooth, cavity, or even gum disease can make a difference, too. Watch out for hard bristled brush or a heavy hand at brushing time, tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages, gum recession, or even teeth grinding at night or times of stress. These are also cause for concern when it comes to sensitivity.

Getting to the dentist will be very important if you experience sensitivity. Describe your symptoms and tell them what it takes to make your teeth feel better. Your dentist will determine the reason for the problem and then come up with the best plan of action to treat it.

Treatment could be as simple as fixing a cavity or replacing a worn filling. But if your discomfort comes from gum loss it might be more complicated in the form of a gum graft to protect the root surface and support the tooth.

When there is seemingly no cause for your pain, you might take advantage of different treatments to help manage the sensitivity. Your dentist could apply an in-office fluoride gel to strengthen the enamel. They could also use a special type of bonding resin to cover exposed roots.

Over the counter desensitizing toothpastes can also help block nerve endings in the exposed dentin. These toothpastes should be used regularly to keep the pain at bay.

You don’t have to struggle alone! Connoyer Dental has helped many people overcome their sensitivity problems and we can help you as well. Get in touch with us by calling 217-223-9137 or use our online form here and we’ll reach out to you.