Massachusetts Dentistry: Causes and Treatment of Sensitive Teeth

Have you tried eating hot or cold food and end up with a sharp toothache? You might have sensitive teeth. Here at our Massachusetts dental practice, we encourage our clients to be more aware of food items which could trigger sensitive teeth and further damage. Continue reading to learn more about sensitive teeth!

What Causes Pain

The pain you experienced in sensitive teeth has to do with the exposure of the innermost part of your teeth — the dentin. It houses tiny tunnels which connect to the nerves inside the teeth. The enamel which is supposed to cover the dentin is often worn out when it comes to sensitive teeth thus the dentin exposure. When a tooth’s dentin are exposed, the nerves are easily stimulated from the food you eat.

Dentin exposure could result from the following:

  • gum recession/gum disease

  • acid erosion

  • tooth grinding

  • cracked tooth or filling

  • tooth bleaching

Treating Sensitive Teeth

  • It is very important to avoid further damage to sensitive teeth. Be gentle with your toothbrush strokes and try to avoid toothpaste labeled with abrasive chemicals.

  • Desensitizing toothpastes are most effective when massaged into the gums. These types of toothpastes block the tubules in your dentin so the nerves aren’t stimulated.

  • Your dentist could apply special fluoride gels, rinses or varnishes to the affected teeth. Other options include putting dental bonds or seals to cover the exposed dentin. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend that you wear mouthguards at night.

 Massachusetts Sensitive Teeth Treatment

You might want to visit Dr. Peck for an initial consultation and discussion of your Massachusetts sensitive teeth treatment options. If you live around the Springfield or Boston , Massachusetts area, schedule an initial consultation with us! Call us at (413) 241-3264 or fill out this contact form. Dr. David Peck is known for results.


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