sensitive teeth

Tooth sensitivity 101

Perhaps you noticed a sharp pain in your tooth when biting into your ice cream, or maybe you have a dull pain after enjoying your favorite coffee drink. For many, teeth sensitivity is a real, everyday issue, and for others, the changes may be new. By working with a dentist to determine the cause of sensitivity, patients may be able to find relief with the team at Arcadia Dental Arts of Phoenix, AZ.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

There are a few things for a dentist to consider when a patient comes in complaining of sensitive teeth. This is why patients with sensitive teeth are advised to book an appointment with their dentist for an evaluation. In some instances, sensitive teeth are just that: teeth that are sensitive due to thinning enamel. This can be addressed with specialized toothpastes or by adding crowns or veneers to the teeth. However, the dentist also has to rule out other issues that may cause tooth sensitivity. This includes infection and cavities. With an evaluation, our team can provide the reason for the condition and discuss possible treatment options.

What can be done about sensitive teeth?

First, the cause needs to be determined. If sensitivity is caused by a cavity, Dr. John Pappas of Arcadia Dental Arts may recommend the placement of a dental filling. This fills the cavity and keeps it from becoming larger and deeper. If sensitivity is a result of worn down enamel, the dentist will often try to find a cause. Patients who clench and grind their teeth due to bruxism may benefit from the use of a nightguard when they sleep to cushion the teeth and avoid damage. Another reason why teeth may become worn down is due to poor bite alignment. In a situation such as this, patients might want to think about orthodontic treatment to get their bite properly aligned and reduce unwanted wear and tear on the upper and/or lower teeth.

How do I learn more about sensitive teeth?

Whether you need a cavity filled or just a prescription toothpaste, Dr. John Pappas and the team at Arcadia Dental Arts can help. Phoenix, AZ patients are welcome to book an appointment by calling (602) 957-9643 to request an evaluation at 4124 North 40th Street. Our cosmetic and family dentistry practice is open to new and returning patients seeking quality care.

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