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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment In Manassas
Tooth pain caused by hot, cold, sweet and acidic foods is treatable in the office and at home.
The Signs And Symptoms Of Tooth Sensitivity
To get right to the point, tooth pain happens when the nerves in your teeth become irritated. Normally, our teeth are covered in a protective layer of enamel. On the inside, there is a layer of material called dentin and then the pulp at the core of the tooth which is filled with connective tissue, blood vessels and the nerve of the tooth. If enamel becomes too thin or there’s a breach exposing the dentin, the nerve is no longer protected. Tooth sensitivity is most commonly caused by any number of practices or conditions that erode or damage tooth enamel.
The many ways that tooth enamel can become damaged:
Drinking or eating acidic foods and beverages– especially before bed.
Skipping routine tooth care including flossing!
Brushing aggressively or using a hard toothbrush.
Attempting to use professional dental tools at home.
Health issues (like bulimia or acid reflux) which expose teeth to stomach acid.
Untreated gum disease and gum recession.
Damaged, cracked or chipped teeth.
Dental cavities (especially if left untreated).
Using tobacco products, cannabis products or vaping.
Grinding or clenching your teeth.
Overuse of some teeth whitening products.
What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?
The first and most important step to take after experiencing dental pain or discomfort is to see the dentist. We can rule out other possible underlying causes of your tooth pain and recommend treatments for any damage or decay detected during your appointment. With a formal diagnosis, you can feel confident that you’re moving in the right direction. Let’s break the whole process down:
Figure out the underlying cause
We won’t make any assumptions. During your examination, you will be asked to describe the sensitivity and how often it happens. You may require new Xrays and the dentist will closely examine your teeth and gums. Other diagnostic tests like the tap test or cold test may prove helpful in your diagnosis.
Treatment in the office
Teeth that are damaged or decayed can be treated with a number of restorative options from something as common as a filling to more complex procedures such as crowns. For worn down enamel, you may be able to treat it at home but there are also in-office treatments that may be available. We’ll discuss all of your options with you and you get the final say.
As you’ve seen, there are a lot of different potential causes of tooth sensitivity. Upon the completion of a dental exam, your dentist will be able to really narrow it down for you. We can give you tips and tricks tailored specifically to your needs that will continue to strengthen your enamel at home and prevent future tooth decay.
Manassas, VA dentist, Dental House VA is committed to dental excellence and offers patients a comprehensive scope of dental services including Family Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Surgery, and Dental Emergencies, with some of our most popular services being Invisalign, Dental Implants, Dentures, Root Canal Therapy, Wisdom Teeth Extractions, Teeth Whitening, and Veneers. Please come and visit our Manassas, Virginia dentist.