If you occassionally experience a sudden flash of pain, or a mild tingly feeling when you bite into sweet or sour foods,
or drink hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth.
Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant; it can come and go. Constant pain could be a sign of a more serious
problem. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your dentist to determine the cause and proper treatment.
What causes sensitive teeth?
In healthy teeth, your gums and your teeth's hard enamel shell protect porous tissue called dentin. When this protection
is lost, microscopic holes in the dentin called tubules, allow heat, cold and other irritants to be transmitted back to the
tooth nerve, triggering pain.
Dentin can be exposed by:
-Receding gums caused by improper brushing or gum disease
-Fractured or chipped teeth
-Clenching or grinding your teeth
Depending on the diagnosis, Dr. Priske may recommend one or more of the following treatments to relieve the symptoms
of sensitive teeth:
-A soft-bristle toothbrush
-Special toothpaste for sensitive teeth that can either block access to the nerve or make the nerve itself less sensitive
-A flouride rinse or gel for sensitive teeth
Sensitivity protection toothpaste usually takes several weeks to ease pain. Follow the instructions of your dental professional
on the regular use of sensitivity protection toothpaste to keep pain from returning.