At Salvatore Guerriero, DMD, we have patients coming in asking us why a taste of ice cream or a sip of coffee becomes a painful experience, or why brushing or flossing makes them wince or cringe. The answer, usually, is sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity typically occurs when the underlying dentin layer of the tooth is exposed in the oral cavity, and most people experience tooth sensitivity at some point in their lives.
So, why do people experience sensitivity and how do you know if tooth sensitivity is something to be worried about? The most common cause of the sensitivity is exposure of the dentin, which is the layer surrounding the tooth’s nerve. Contributors to tooth sensitivity include teeth whitening and dental work such as fillings, periodontal treatment, and the placement or adjustment of braces. These are temporary and should be of no concern.
Permanent hypersensitivity, however, may require treatment at Salvatore Guerriero, DMD. The first step is to determine the cause, and that begins with a visit to our Nashua, New Hampshire office.
The reasons your teeth may become sensitive vary, but possible causes include:
the doctor and our team at Salvatore Guerriero, DMD want you to know that sensitive teeth can be treated, and the type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. the doctor may suggest one the following treatments:
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, give us a call today so that the doctor can provide you with some much-needed relief!