Thomas R Lambert DMD

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Treat Sensitive Teeth At The Dentist: Get Rid Of Tooth Sensitivity For Good

Everything You Need To Know About Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Having sensitive teeth can be inconvenient because it directly affects your ability to eat comfortably. But did you know that sensitive teeth could also point to more serious oral health issues that you may not be aware of? Tooth sensitivity could be an indicator of untreated cavities, tooth decay, dental fractures, infections, acidic foods, gum disease, or aggressive oral hygiene.

With the help of a trusted dentist, you can get to the root of your tooth sensitivity once and for all. At Always About Smiles, we diagnose and treat your sensitive teeth. Consult with us today for reliable preventive dental care in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is also known as dentin hypersensitivity. Dentin makes up the main part of the tooth and it houses the nerve in the tooth. Enamel covers the dentin and provides a hard surface for chewing. When your enamel is worn down, the exposed dentin reacts to anything you eat or drink as it comes into contact with the nerves in your teeth. This makes certain teeth extremely sensitive to external stimuli, causing pain and discomfort.

What Are The Signs Of Tooth Sensitivity?

If you’re experiencing any of the following, it may be time to visit a dentist:

  • Sudden toothaches
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures
  • Sharp pain when brushing or flossing
  • Discomfort when chewing or biting down
  • Tooth stains on teeth’s surface

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Many patients come into our dental practice without knowing the direct cause of their sensitive teeth. Several factors may contribute to tooth sensitivity, including:

  • Acidic drinks or food
  • Cavities
  • Sugary diet
  • Alcohol
  • Tooth grinding
  • Damaged teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Receding gum tissue
  • Enamel loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Dental treatments

How Do We Treat Tooth Sensitivity?

On your first visit to our practice, we perform a comprehensive dental exam so that we can properly assess your condition. For surface-level problems, we simply use tooth-colored dental fillings hardened with special blue light technology to protect exposed dentin from pressure and extreme temperatures.

If your sensitivity continues, we may have to perform x-rays or radiographs to diagnose underlying problems. We’ll look for fractures, cavity holes, gum infections, or tooth decay so we can address them accordingly. If you have any of these serious dental issues, you may need root canals, extractions, scaling, root planing, or a surgical gum graft to solve your chronic tooth sensitivity.

With in-house nutrition counseling, we’ll work with you to create a food plan that can minimize tooth sensitivity in the future.

Always About Smiles: Strengthen Your Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity can be very painful and stressful, but the condition is manageable with guidance from expert dental professionals. You can rely on Dr. Lambert and our team to diagnose, treat, and prevent sensitive teeth for good.

If you’re suffering from symptoms of tooth sensitivity, call us today for a one-on-one consultation.

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