Glendale Dentist Provides An Overview Of Tooth Sensitivity Causes and Solutions

Written by Dr. McKay on Nov 17, 2020

If sensitive teeth or gums are keeping you from living life on your terms, our Glendale dentists are here to help you find a solution. With prompt and effective treatment, you will be able to jump back into your regular routine—eating and drinking your favorite things, cleaning your smile without pain, and minimizing temperature-related discomfort.

Why have your teeth and gums become sensitive?

Dental Damage

When dental fracture or infection reaches the core of the tooth—the dental pulp—you will likely experience discomfort as a result. The protective layers of your teeth—the dental enamel and dentin—are designed to protective sensitive dental pulp. When these layers fail, your dental nerves are exposed.

Thin Enamel

You enamel can become more porous over time, allowing small irritants to infiltrate the tooth structure. Patients experience thin enamel due to long-term acid exposure, aggressive brush, bruxism, and elevated levels of oral bacteria.

Receding Gum Tissue

The nerves that are in your teeth extend down into your jawbone tissue. Another way that your dental nerves can become exposed is by gum tissue pulling away from the tooth structure.

There are a few ways that we can attack dental sensitivity, and help you maintain a comfortable smile. Depending on your specific situation, our team may recommend that you:

Fortify Natural Enamel

The first option is to work to strengthen your natural enamel. Topical fluoride treatments, for example, make your enamel stronger. We may also tweak your oral hygiene routine, so that you are protecting and preserving your enamel as you clean.

Supplement Insufficient Enamel

When too much enamel is missing, our team may recommend that you cover enamel with a protective material. Dental bonding (using composite resin) and porcelain restorations can both serve as protective coverings for vulnerable teeth.

Numb Sensitive Nerves

There are also ameliorative substances on the market that work to temporarily make your dental nerves less sensitivity. While this type of treatment is rarely a good long-term solution, it can improve your day-to-day life in the short-term. 

Give our Glendale dentists a call to get more information, and to schedule a consultation with our team!