Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth.
Possible causes of sensitive teeth include:
- Tooth decay (cavities)
- Fractured teeth
- Worn fillings
- Gum disease
- Worn tooth enamel
- Exposed tooth root
In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line, a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum, these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity.
Good news is sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. We suggest seeing a dentist as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
We are conveniently located next to the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia.
“Very kind and warm staff. Waited maybe 2-3 minutes before I was seen. They were gentle with my sensitive teeth and made me feel comfortable while I was having my teeth cleaned and examined. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!”Victoria H.