Tooth Sensitivity: What Are Your Teeth Telling You?

Tooth Sensitivity to Hot and Cold - Woodinville

Oct 14, 2016 — by Cristin Dowd, DDS
Tags: General Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

Woman experiencing tooth sensitivityThe teeth are just like any other part of the body; they will age and wear down over time. As a tooth’s outer layer of enamel wears away, patients may notice some changes in the way their teeth look and feel. One of the most noticeable side effects is increased tooth sensitivity.

Although many patients experience sensitivity as a natural part of aging, there are also oral health problems that can increase a patient’s sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. At Signature Smiles, we offer a range of restorative dentistry treatments to strengthen teeth that have been damaged or worn down by decay, erosion, trauma, or aging. If a patient’s oral comfort and functions are being compromised by tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, our Woodinville, WA dentists can provide treatment to restore oral strength, function, and comfort.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

At the center of each tooth is a collection of nerves. Just like other nerves throughout the body, those in the teeth can trigger feelings of pain or discomfort. Fortunately, the tooth’s nerves are surrounded by a protective layer of enamel, which allows patients to eat and chew without experiencing discomfort.

Unfortunately, the tooth’s outer layer of enamel can be damaged. The more extensive that damage is, the less protection that is provided to the tooth’s sensitive inner layers. As a tooth’s dentin and nerves become exposed, patients may notice an increase in tooth sensitivity, particularly when the teeth are exposed to hot and cold temperatures.

If a patient is experiencing persistent sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, it is likely because tooth enamel has been compromised. Some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity include the following:

  • Tooth decay
  • Acid erosion
  • Oral injury (a chip, crack, or fracture)
  • Damaged dental restorations
  • Gum recession

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

The body does not produce new tooth enamel, so once a tooth’s outer layer has been damaged, the tooth will not repair itself. The only way to rebuild a protective layer around the inner tooth is through restorative dentistry treatments.

Our dentists offer a comprehensive range of dental treatments that can address oral damage to restore oral strength and comfort. Some of the treatment options that are likely to be successful in minimizing tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures include the following:

  • Dental bonding: During dental bonding treatment, a tooth-colored compound is shaped and hardened on the tooth. This treatment can address minor cases of damage to restore tooth strength.
  • Dental filling: A dental filling repairs minor to moderate cases of tooth decay, commonly known as dental cavities. The composite resin material fills in damaged areas of the tooth, creating a protective barrier for the tooth’s inner nerves and tissues.
  • Dental crown: For more severe cases of decay, chips, or fractures, a dental crown is likely to be the best treatment option. A dental crown completely surrounds the crown of the tooth to provide strength and protection on all sides.

Schedule an Appointment

Everyone deserves to enjoy a smile that functions without pain or discomfort. If you are experiencing heightened tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, it is time to meet with one of our experienced dentists. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to find out how we can restore a healthy smile that doesn’t cause you pain.

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