What causes sensitive teeth?

If you’ve ever experienced discomfort while enjoying a spoonful of cold ice cream or while tasting the first sip of hot coffee in the morning, you may be an individual that deals with sensitive teeth. Many adult patients experience tooth sensitivity, though patients may be unsure as to the actual cause of the condition. The dentists of Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA encourage patients who have problems with sensitive teeth to request an appointment with a professional for a full evaluation to determine the cause.

What causes sensitive teeth?

While sensitive teeth are common, it can be difficult for a patient alone to determine the cause of their sensitivity. During an evaluation with the team at Taylor Street Dental, patients should speak up about their sensitive teeth so our experienced team can evaluate the issue. Sensitive teeth can be caused by any of the following concerns:

  • Erosion of tooth enamel from acidic and sugary foods and beverages
  • Worn tooth enamel caused by brushing too hard or clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Gum recession from periodontal disease
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth)
  • Untreated tooth decay/cavities
  • Broken teeth or worn fillings that expose the tooth’s dentin
  • Sensitivity caused by recent dental treatment, including crowns, fillings, or teeth bleaching

What can I do to treat sensitive teeth?

The treatment option chosen for a patient with tooth sensitivity will rely heavily on the cause. Patients with broken teeth or restorations will need to have these replaced and restored, and sensitivity caused by bruxism will require the use of a nightguard. For patients with mild tooth sensitivity, use of a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth might be recommended by our team.

Discover the causes of sensitive teeth and speak to a professional about solutions

At Taylor Street Dental, our team of professionals provide patients with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as sensitive teeth. If you are struggling with sensitive teeth and want to find a solution, contact our Springfield, MA area practice today at (413) 781-7645 to request a visit with Drs. David Peck, Pablo Velastegui, or Mahmoud Homsi.

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