Do you cringe from the first breath of cold air on the ski slope? Is an icy beverage just not worth it? Do you wait a few minutes to enjoy your morning coffee? Does a sweet dessert make you wince? Sensitive teeth may seem like a trivial problem… to those who don’t suffer the condition. Dr. John Ravera, however, knows his patients in Newport Beach, CA face a quality of life issue from aching teeth.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth causes are specific to the individual. Effective tooth sensitivity treatment hinges on identifying underlying factors causing discomfort, and addressing those issues as well as sensitive teeth pain.
Tenderness may stem from:
- Worn tooth enamel – Tubules, which are tiny channels in the tooth dentin, carry sensation to nerves at the center of teeth; irritation develops as enamel thins from age, grinding, or abrasive brushing.
- Exposed tooth roots – Aggressive brushing or nighttime clenching and grinding (bruxing) causes gums to pull back, exposing root structure that is not covered with enamel
- Tooth decay – A tooth sensitive to cold may have a hidden cavity
- Chip or fracture – Damage may be too small to see with the naked eye, but you feel it
- Old or ill-fitting restorations – A filling, crown, bridge, or bond that does not fit properly causes pressure points
- Gum disease – Periodontal disease exposes tooth roots, increases risk of decay, and deteriorates bone and connective tissues
- Metal fillings – Silver-colored amalgam fillings contain an alloy of mercury and other metals that can transfer temperature to delicate nerves; a mixture of metal restorations in the mouth could trigger galvanism, conducting electrical current to nerves
- Home teeth whitening – Overuse of even low-strength bleaching products can irritate teeth and gums
Newport Beach, CA dentists understands sensitive teeth
In Dr. Ravera’s care, your sensitive teeth cure is personalized. Dental issues such as tooth decay, trauma, wear, and gum disease are treated first, to remove the source of discomfort. Then, sensitivity is calmed down and managed with a combination in-office and at-home protocol. The doctor may recommend topical fluoride treatment at the dental office, an over-the counter or prescription toothpaste for sensitive teeth, or a special mouth rinse that helps to seal tubules. Dr. Ravera takes your comfort seriously. Call 949-877-3606 to become a patient.