North Fulton Dental, Alpharetta GA, Drs. Prattas and Panich

Sensitive Teeth

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Sensitive Teeth

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth with hot and cold foods or liquids, and even sudden puffs of air which cause discomfort and pain.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of things. An undetected cavity or abscessed tooth can sometimes be a culprit. But over time and as you age, changes in temperature, as well as such behaviors as tooth grinding (bruxism) and overly aggressive brushing, can cause small, often microscopic cracks or fissures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth (or at the gum lines), which exposes the inner structures called dentin.

Hypersensitive teeth can cause people to change their eating habits, avoid social situations, or even avoid proper oral hygiene because something simple like brushing or rinsing causes pain. Relief can sometimes be reduced by using a desensitizing toothpaste, sealants, or special fillings.

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