At North Oaks Dental we provide comprehensive dentistry solutions, which is to say that we can handle a variety of issues all under one convenient roof. One thing we can help you resolve is the problem of sensitive teeth. Keep reading to hear more about it, and then be sure to call us at 248-220-7021 to request your next visit.
Reasons For Sensitive Teeth
There are several possibilities as to why your teeth seem to be sensitive, and not every reason is directly tied to your teeth.
Let’s explore some of these:
1. Tooth Decay
You may have heard that your tooth’s enamel is the hardest substance in the body. That much is true. However, the enamel of your tooth can still erode or fall prey to dangerous acids and oral bacteria.
Dental decay can eat right through the enamel and then set its sights on the dentin and nerves. Such cavities can cause sensitivity to hot and cold.
If that is the case for you, we can deliver tooth-colored fillings to restore any teeth that have been damaged by cavities. And if the damage has reached the point where the tooth can’t be restored with a simple filling, we can actually provide a dental crowns during the same visit.
On the positive side, coming to see us every 3-6 months for cleaning and exams will go along way toward keeping dental decay at bay. Prevention is always better than looking for a cure!
2. TMJ Trouble
Fun fact: your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your skull and jaw. Try saying that three times, real fast.
Anyway, this joint is called into action whenever you open your mouth to chew, speak, etc. So, if the TMJ becomes irritated, it can become inflamed and create problems like clicking, popping, or locking of the jaw.
That may not be news to you. But it is less known that another common issue caused by TMJ/TMD problems is tooth sensitivity. Here’s why: patients who have TMJ disorders often clench or grind their teeth.
Clenching and grinding puts a crazy amount of pressure on the jaw and the nearby teeth. This repeated pressure can eventually cause the enamel on your teeth to erode and will increase your risk of tooth chips, fractures, or breaks, all of which contribute to increased sensitivity.
A good dentist can help you identify and rectify your TMJ troubles.
3. Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease (which is another name for advanced gum disease) is the actually #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. This infection generally starts out as no big deal. You might begin to notice things such as bloody or swollen gums.
However, it won’t be long before the infection takes over the entire mouth. In the process, it may cost you several of your teeth. As such, patients with gum infection also have problems with sensitive teeth, while they still have teeth, that is.
If you are experiencing gum disease, we can help you turn things around quickly.
Call Now To Reclaim Your Smile
If you are experiencing sensitivity, we’ll help you figure out the cause and the cure quickly. All you have to do is call North Oaks Dental in Royal Oak, MI today at 248-220-7021 or to schedule an appointment to explore our comprehensive dentistry solutions.