Tooth sensitivity is a common concern that can seriously affect your quality of life. If you suffer from this condition, you may feel twinges of pain when you eat something very hot or very cold. Sugary foods can cause you discomfort, and even brushing and flossing may be painful. Fortunately, we offer various treatment options for tooth sensitivity at our Moreno Valley, CA practice. Dental sensitivity can occur for a number of reasons. Our dentists will determine the underlying cause of your discomfort before recommending appropriate care. At Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley, we offer a number of restorative treatments, but we will always begin with the most conservative option possible.
What Is Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity causes twinges of pain, most often in response to temperature changes. Your teeth are made up of four layers: the enamel, the dentin, the cementum, and the soft inner pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerve endings, which travel down through your root canals. Your dentin contains microscopic tubes, or tubules. When they are exposed, they will trigger the nerve endings in the central pulp, producing an aching sensation. In other cases, the root or nerve endings themselves could become exposed.
Note that tooth sensitivity is different than a toothache, which produces sharp, often radiating pain. Though often related, dental sensitivity is also a separate problem from gum sensitivity.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
There are several things that can lead to dental damage and subsequent tooth sensitivity. The causes of this condition can include:
- Enamel erosion due to improper brushing technique or the frequent consumption of acidic foods
- Erosion or structural damage due to bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)
- Gum recession due to periodontal disease
Treatment Options for Dental Sensitivity
The right treatment for your tooth sensitivity will depend on the cause of your discomfort. In some cases, your dentist may simply prescribe an anti-sensitivity toothpaste. In many cases, however, it is better to address the underlying reasons for your sensitivity. This will prevent pain from reoccurring.
- If your enamel has started to recede, your dentist may perform dental bonding. By applying a layer of composite resin to your teeth, he or she can replace lost tissue and provide a new protective coating for your teeth. Bonding can also reshape your teeth and conceal blemishes to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Along with this treatment, your dentist can teach you healthier brushing techniques and dietary choices.
- If bruxism is the cause of your discomfort, your dentist will typically prescribe a night guard. The appliance will fit over your top and bottom teeth to keep them from touching. Our night guards are custom made and very comfortable.
- Scaling and root planing is the most common treatment for gum disease. Your dentist will eradicate the bacteria in your gums. He or she will also eliminate rough patches from your dental roots, since bacteria often gather in these areas. After treatment, you may require a gum graft to replace lost tissue and protect your exposed dental roots.
Contact Us to Alleviate Your Discomfort
You do not have to suffer from chronic dental sensitivity. Contact our office to learn more about this condition and to learn the right treatment for you.