Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

After preparing a very generous helping of your favorite ice cream for yourself, the last thing you want is for this delectable dairy delight to cause you pain. But if cold foods like ice cream or hot drinks like coffee often cause you pain or discomfort, you may be suffering from “sensitive teeth”.

Sensitive teeth can come from any number of dental dilemmas. A cavity, tooth damage, worn fillings, and gum recession are among the common causes of tooth sensitivity.

Below the enamel and outer layers of the tooth that protects the crown, is dentin, which contains the nerve endings. When the protective layer of enamel is compromised, the nerve endings can be stimulated causing pain and discomfort, though no long-term damage occurs.

Of course, the standard dental cure of regular and proper brushing and flossing is key to preventing sensitive teeth. But beyond this, sensitive teeth can be treated. Desensitizing toothpaste can help build a layer of protection between the nerve endings and your bowl of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream.

We can also offer other treatments in office such as a fluoride gel or for more serious cases—a root canal can help ease your pain.