Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth can be a very frustrating condition, but there are some good treatment options that can help restore a more normal way of life. Unfortunately, however, in order to best understand (and treat) your specific variety of tooth sensitivity, our team of dentists need to know what triggers it.

Is your tooth sensitive to cold or hot conditions?

Temperature sensitivity is commonly caused by gum recession. When your gums recede, the porous root of your tooth can be exposed. Because the tooth root has no protective enamel layer, when it comes into direct contact with hot or cold foods and beverages, the nerve perceives discomfort or pain. If receding gums are the underlying issue, sensitivity is generally short lived and ceases as soon as you stop ingesting whatever is hot or cold. If, however, your sensitivity to hot or cold lasts for an extended period of time, this could be the sign of a more serious condition that should be urgently checked by one of the dentists at Kennerly Dental Care.

Does sugar trigger sensitivity in your teeth?

Another cause of sensitive teeth can be eating or drinking things that are sweet. This type of tooth sensitivity can result from gum recession, but frequently this is a symptom related to the presence of dental decay or a cavity. If you are having sensitivity sensations associated with sweets or sugar, we encourage you to make an appointment for treatment of your sensitive teeth and any underlying conditions.

Sensitive teeth treatment can include everything from at home use of a desensitizing toothpaste fluoride treatment, fillings, crowns and gum grafts, but one thing is for certain – we can’t treat your condition and provide you relief from tooth sensitivity if you don’t make an appointment. Contact our team today, (314) 842-5177, and you’ll be one step closer to great oral health and a plan to treat your specific tooth sensitivity issue.