Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of Americans each year. Common symptoms include pain or a sharp stinging sensation when you consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and beverages. While there are brands of toothpaste formulated to reduce the sensation of tooth sensitivity, they are not an effective, long-term treatment solution.
The natural bacteria in your mouth and the regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages can cause enamel erosion. This essentially erodes the mineral density of the tooth enamel, creating microscopic channels to the sensitive dentin layer of a tooth. This is often one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Avi Mizrachi, can administer a fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.
Undetected or untreated cavities can also compromise multiple teeth and thus expose the sensitive dentin of multiple teeth. This is usually associated with a change in your tooth’s texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. It’s a good idea to have Dr. Avi Mizrachi repair the cavities before the decay penetrates to the pulp or root of the tooth.
Tooth sensitivity can also be linked to more mundane sources. A chronic sinus infection can actually apply significant pressure to the key nerves that relate to your teeth. A key symptom of this would be sensitivity limited to just your upper teeth. Your physician can help you explore your treatment options, which might include prescription decongestant that can relieve the pressure on the nerves.
If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity in Columbia, Maryland, you can always call 410.381.0505 to schedule an appointment at Columbia Dental Excellence.