What is tooth sensitivity?

sensitiveteethIf you wince with pain after sipping a hot cup of coffee or chewing a piece of ice, chances are that you suffer from “dentin hypersensitivity,” more commonly known as sensitive teeth.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Hot and cold temperature changes cause your teeth to expand and contract. Over time, your teeth can develop microscopic cracks that allow these sensations to seep through to the nerves. Exposed areas of the tooth can cause pain and even affect or change your eating, drinking, and breathing habits. In some cases, sensitive teeth are the result of gum disease, years of unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth, or improper or too vigorous brushing.

How do you treat sensitive teeth?

We provide treatment for sensitive teeth in Lindon, Utah, to help you live free from the pain caused by dentin hypersensitivity. In some cases, desensitizing toothpaste, sealants, desensitizing ionization, filling materials, and decreasing the intake of acid-containing foods can alleviate some of the pain associated with sensitive teeth. Sometimes, a sensitive tooth may be confused by a patient for a cavity or abscess that is not yet visible. Contact your dentist if you notice any change in your teeth’s sensitivity. Dr. Scott Healey and his dental team at Scott M. Healey Dentistry are dedicated to improving your smile!