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Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

No two teeth are the same. Some of us have a predisposition to dental problems, while others have few, if any, dental problems. We’ve seen just about everything at our Royal Oak Michigan dental office, and we can treat these problems.

North Oaks Dental is a full-service dental office that can treat numerous dental problems under one roof. The days of traveling from dentist to dentist can be over whenever you join our practice. Call us today at 248-712-1283 to book your appointment.

Today we want to cover a common problem: sensitive teeth. There are a few different reasons why your teeth might be sensitive, and not all of them are directly related to the teeth. Here are a few:

  1. Cavities

Your enamel is tough. It’s actually the hardest substance in the body. But even the enamel can erode or fall victim to harmful acids and bacteria. Decay can eat through the enamel and then make its way to the dentin and even nerves. Cavities can cause sensitivity to cold or hot sensations. At North Oaks Dental, we have an elite infection control team and provide tooth-colored fillings to restore teeth damaged with cavities. If the damage cannot be restored with a filling, we can even provide crowns in a single 

  1. TMJ Malfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the skull and the jaw. The joint is at work every time your open your mouth to chew, eat, etc.! When the TMJ is irritated, it can become inflamed and cause problems like clicking, popping, or locking of the jaw. Another common issue is tooth sensitivity. People who have TMJ disorders often clench or grind their teeth. This habit, which is typically involuntary, puts a great deal of pressure on the jaw and the teeth. The pressure can cause the enamel on your teeth to erode and will increase your risk of tooth chips, fractures, or breaks.

  1. Gum disease

Gum disease attacks the entire mouth and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. This problems generally starts small as bleeding or swollen gums, but it can quickly take over the entire mouth and claim several of your teeth. Of course, people with gum infection also have problems with sensitive teeth.

These are three of the most common reasons for tooth sensitivity, but there are also a few other causes. It’s possible to experience tooth sensitivity after procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, or even tooth whitening.  

At North Oaks Dental, we pride ourselves on providing comfortable and gentle treatments for every patient. Your comfort comes before anything else! We are using technology like 3-D imaging to improve the success of treatments and to minimizes post-operative recovery.

If you have sensitive teeth or nagging dental issues, it’s the time to resolve those problems once and for all. Give us a call today at 248-712-1283 to book a visit with us. We have comprehensive exams and even offer FREE second opinions.

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