If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you know how painful it can be to eat or drink anything cold or hot. In some cases, even breathing in cold air can be unbearable. It’s a common problem, and fortunately, there are many dental treatments and products available to help patients with sensitive teeth. Dr. Steven Holbrook is here to help Albuquerque, NM, area patients in managing their sensitive teeth and finding the best products to reduce or eliminate this uncomfortable dental issue.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
There are many reasons why someone might experience tooth sensitivity. One of the most common reasons for sensitive teeth is thinning tooth enamel. When the enamel on your teeth thins, it can expose the dentin underneath, which is much more sensitive than enamel. This is because dentin contains tiny tubules that lead directly to the nerve in your tooth. When something touches or presses on these sensitive tubules, it sends a signal directly to the nerve, causing pain and discomfort.
Other causes of tooth sensitivity include:
- receding gums (which can expose the roots of your teeth)
- dental cavities or decay
- gum disease
- wearing down of the tooth’s protective enamel layer due to grinding or clenching your teeth
- eating acidic foods and drinks
- using a toothbrush that is too hard for your teeth
What are the best dental treatments for sensitive teeth?
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, there are several different dental treatments that can help. One of the most common ways to treat sensitive teeth is by using desensitizing toothpaste. This type of toothpaste contains ingredients that help block the transmission of pain signals from the sensitive areas of your teeth. Another option is to have a custom dental tray made specifically for you. This tray will fit over your top and bottom teeth and contain a special gel that helps reduce tooth sensitivity. If you are experiencing extreme levels of tooth sensitivity, it may also be due to certain products or services such as teeth whitening. A conversation with Dr. Steven Holbrook is the first step to take!
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Please schedule an appointment by calling our front office at 505-881-1159 and requesting time with Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team of providers.