When we talk about tooth sensitivity, we don’t mean your tooth is getting its feelings hurt. Tooth sensitivity usually refers to the “zing” or “ouch” feelings when your tooth is exposed to a temperature change or certain foods (like sweets). Tooth sensitivity is often noticeable when you drink hot or cold beverages. In wintertime, it may occur when you draw in a breath of cold air. Luckily, an appointment with a caring Cleveland, TX dentist at Cleveland Family Dentistry can help find the source of tooth sensitivity, and offer suggestions for what to do about it.
The Outer Tooth Layer Doesn’t Have Nerves
The outer, enamel layer of your tooth is surprisingly durable. There are no nerve endings there, and a fully mineralized tooth, given proper care and cleaning at periodic dental checkups, is rarely an issue. However, even a very small cavity can cause a tooth to become sensitive, and in many cases, your dentist can address a cavity with a tooth colored filling in a single appointment.
The Mineral Layer of Enamel May Weaken
Through age, diet and other factors, the enamel layer of a tooth can weaken, causing tiny holes that can allow sensation to penetrate to the inner tooth layers, causing those unexpected “yikes” feelings when you sip hot cider or a cold glass of water. There are toothpastes for sensitive teeth, especially formulated to help remineralize the outer layer. Our knowledgeable staff can make suggestions for toothpastes, or other at-home habits you can work into your routine.
The Tooth Root May be More Exposed
The roots of your teeth are more sensitive than the crown (the portion that normally shows when you smile.) Gums tend to recede due to the natural aging process, but they can also recede due to periodontal infection, harsh brushing, and injury. There are restorative dental procedures to address tooth and gum injury or infection, that may be contributing to a sensitive tooth.
Tooth Sensitivity Doesn’t Have to Be Endured
If tooth sensitivity is more than a once-in-a-while occurrence, we can help you figure out what is causing it, and make suggestions for what steps to take next. To schedule an appointment, call our dental office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve patients and their families from Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.