Why Do My Teeth Feel Sensitive?

Does the thought of biting into a popsicle or ice cream cone send shivers down your spine? Does the thought of biting into something hot or sweet do the same thing? You may have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is an incredibly common condition among Americans. If you are experiencing painful sensations when you eat or drink, it is important to talk to your dentist. Your dentist will first try to determine the cause of your sensitivity. Treating the cause of it can often help eliminate hypersensitivity. In some cases if a cause is not apparent, your dentist may suggest fluoride treatments to help strengthen your teeth’s enamel. 

What is Tooth Sensitivity?

Each and every tooth is covered with enamel, the hard outer shell that protects the sensitive inner areas. If part of the enamel is eroded, it can expose the layer beneath your enamel known as dentin. Dentin is filled with tiny nerve endings. When these tiny nerves are exposed to elements like temperature changes (like hot or cold food), it can cause a spike of pain.

Possible Causes

Enamel erosion can be one possible cause of tooth sensitivity. Erosion can occur if you frequently eat or drink acidic things, you brush your teeth too hard, you use too hard of a toothbrush or too abrasive of a toothpaste, or if you have a habit of grinding your teeth at night. Sensitivity can also be caused by cavities, tooth decay, broken restorations or fillings, or broken teeth. Gum recession caused by gum disease can leave the roots of your teeth exposed to the elements, which can result in the feelings of sensitivity. Each of these possible causes of dentin hypersensitivity can be treated in different ways to reduce the sensitive feelings.

What Can You Do About It?

The first step to resolving tooth sensitivity is to talk to your dentist. To schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.