Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you suffered a sudden shock of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel has eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located. Ouch!
Tooth sensitivity can be an indication that something is amiss. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.
A number of factors can result in gum recession including consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too hard!
If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening such as the ones we do here at Felton Dental Care, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.
If you experience constant or intermittent pain in your teeth or gums, call 406-728-0896 right away to make an appointment. Dr. Felton takes tooth pain seriously.
There are multiple treatments for tooth sensitivity including desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatments, and gum grafting. Of course, if you need a restoration, that is the first order of business.
At Felton Dental Care in Missoula, we not only treat tooth sensitivity, we also carry out entire smile transformations for our patients in the Missoula area. Call us at 406-728-0896 to schedule a consultation and exam.
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