Tooth sensitivity is a common problem affecting millions of Americans each year. Common symptoms include a pain or a sharp, stinging sensation in one or more teeth when you consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and beverages.
Brushing your teeth with desensitizing toothpaste can improve the discomfort or sensitivity, but it does not effectively address the underlying cause. It could potentially mask a problem that needs timely treatment.
Acidic foods and beverages and the natural bacteria in your mouth can cause enamel erosion, which creates microscopic channels leading to the sensitive dentin layer of a tooth. This is often one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Gemma Dalton, can administer a simple fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.
Undetected or untreated cavities can also compromise multiple teeth and expose the sensitive dentin. This is usually associated with a change in the tooth’s texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. It’s a good idea to have Dr. Gemma Dalton repair the cavities before the decay penetrates to the pulp or root of the tooth.
Tooth sensitivity can also be linked to more mundane sources. A chronic sinus infection can actually apply significant pressure to the key nerves that relate to your teeth. A key symptom of this would be if the sensitivity was limited to your upper teeth. Your physician can help you explore your treatment options, which might include taking a prescription decongestant to relieve the pressure on the nerves.
If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity in Bedford, Texas, we invite you to call Gemma Tanglao Dalton, DDS at 817-571-1667 to explore your treatment options.