You have just taken a drink of hot tea or a bite of ice-cold melon, and now you have a sharp pain in one or more of your teeth. What’s going on? If this scenario sounds familiar, you may have sensitive teeth.
There are several different possible reasons for tooth sensitivity, so it may take some time and effort in investigating your situation to determine the cause. Tooth sensitivity may be caused by an untreated cavity or tooth decay, a fracture in the enamel of your tooth, a worn composite filling, gum disease or even an exposed tooth root. Additionally, some over-the-counter tooth whitening gels and systems can cause sensitivity in your teeth.
Your first step should be to schedule an appointment with Livonia Family Dental so we can do a complete checkup and take x-rays. If we’re unable to locate a cause of your sensitivity, we can recommend a desensitizing tooth paste or other treatment. Keep in mind, great oral hygiene and quarterly checkup exams can prevent most problems before they start, so make sure you’re keeping up with flossing, brushing and rinsing.