Tooth sensitivity is a common yet painful dental problem with multiple possible causes. It is important for patients to receive professional dental treatment for dental pain and sensitivity before symptoms worsen. Dr. Ray Becker treats patients with tooth sensitivity in his Columbia, MD office. He thoroughly examines the smile and takes note of symptoms to find the best solutions for his patients. Dr. Becker works one-on-one with his patients to ensure the best results possible.
Tooth Sensitivity: Causes and Solutions
There are a variety of common causes of tooth sensitivity as well as treatments. Discover more about each of these possible causes here:
- Dental Erosion: Tooth erosion occurs when acids from acid reflux or certain foods and beverages wear down the tooth enamel. Erosion can expose the underlayer, called dentin, beneath the enamel’s surface. This often leaves teeth sensitive to temperature. Cosmetic treatments like dental bonding and porcelain veneers can cover and protect the teeth. If your molars have been impacted by erosion, Dr. Becker may recommend dental crowns, which cover teeth like a cap.
- Gum Disease: Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an infection caused by a buildup of bacteria on and around the gum tissue. Some early signs of this disease include bleeding gums, fever, red gums, and even gum and tooth sensitivity. Dr. Becker can treat early signs of gum disease with scaling and root planing. These treatments are used together to remove bacteria from the gum tissue and tooth roots.
- Tooth Grinding: Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a problem that often occurs when patients are stressed. Teeth grinding is also a symptom of temporomandibular joint disorders, which affect the muscles in the face and jaw. Over time, grinding the teeth can lead to pain and tooth wear, which can expose the layer beneath the enamel and even nerves in the tooth. Physical therapy, medication, and a professional nightguard may help stop tooth sensitivity caused by bruxism.
Request a Dental Appointment
Do you suffer from frequent tooth pain and sensitivity? Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Becker on our website. You can also contact his office. Please call (410) 415-9013 if you are a new patient. Current patients of Dr. Becker may call (410) 730-4674.