Sensitive Teeth? Is It Serious?

Friday, May 29th, 2015, 1:05 pm

Ouch! That sharp pain when you bite into ice cream or sip from a hot cup of coffee might be more serious than you think. But how do you know if the sensitivity in your teeth is a sign of a serious problem — ask your dentist!

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by many things, including receding gums, loss of tooth enamel, cracked fillings or even infected teeth.

If your sensitivity is throughout your entire mouth you may be dealing with gum recession or erosion of the tooth enamel. Both can be caused by over zealous brushing and tobacco use. When the gums recede they expose the tender roots of the teeth which are much more sensitive to hot and cold sensations. Fortunately, dentists can repair this damage using the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Tooth enamel can also be damaged by drinking too much soda or energy drinks. These beverages contain high amounts of sugar and acids which are a damaging combination for your teeth.

When the sensitivity is restricted to just one part of the mouth or one specific tooth the problem is probably a little more serious. A radiograph (x-ray) can help us pinpoint the problem – a cracked tooth, a damaged filling or even a dental abscess. In these cases it is necessary to treat the tooth as soon as possible to prevent serious infection. Untreated dental infections are not only painful but they can spread to other parts of the body leading to serious health consequences. Early intervention can often save a tooth that might otherwise be lost.

Don’t ignore your sensitive teeth – find out why you are feeling discomfort and put an end to it! Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your next visit.



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