You drink a cup of hot tea or eat a dish of ice cream, and suddenly, a tooth hurts–really hurts. Most of us experience sensitive teeth occasionally, and it’s often nothing serious. Other times, it indicates an oral health problem. James J. Kalina DDS in Mankato tells patients about tooth sensitivity and how to know it needs treatment from your dentist.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
There are many potential causes for tooth sensitivity:
- Tooth decay
- Acid erosion, which can be caused by citrus fruits, tomato-based products and sodas
- Abrasion, which can be caused by overly aggressive brushing
- Failing restorations, such as fillings and crowns
- Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) which causes gum and bone recession, exposing tooth roots
- Sugar-laden foods and drinks
- Tooth Whitening products including over-the-counter white strips, gels, toothpastes and rinses – especially when used improperly or too often
- Accumulated plaque and tartar not removed by brushing and flossing
Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity
Dr. Kalina begins treatment with the basics of general dentistry: a complete oral evaluation to identify cavities, gum disease, and other potential causes of tooth sensitivity. He then formulates a patient care plan to address his findings.
Treatment may include
- Restorations to repair cavities and failing restoration
- Gum therapy to eliminate infections and reduce gum pockets
- Composite resin bonding or gum grafting to protect roots
- Root canal therapy on teeth with deep decay and infected nerves
- Topical treatment of sensitive areas
Do You Have a Sensitive Tooth?
If you are concerned that your tooth sensitivity comes from more than drinking iced tea, don’t ignore the pain. Contact James J. Kalina DDS for an appointment. He’ll examine your teeth and gums, locate the source of sensitivity and resolve the problem. Your teeth can be quiet and comfortable again.