If your teeth are sensitive after sipping a hot cup of coffee or an ice-cold drink, you more than likely suffer from dentin or root hypersensitivity. It is estimated that at least 45 million adults in the United States suffer from sensitive teeth.
Sensitive teeth result when the enamel layer of your teeth wears away and the dentin is exposed, or if the root surface is no longer covered by gums, due to recession. Recession is caused by numerous factors, of which brushing too hard, gum disease, and grinding are just a few.
Depending on the cause, there are different treatment options available. They range from desensitizing toothpaste, sealants, and bonding to fluoride applications. If the recession is pronounced, gum grafting may be the best option.
Contact us immediately if you notice any change in your teeth’s sensitivity to temperature, so our dental staff can treat the problem and prevent it from getting worse.