Why are my teeth sensitive?

Are you having a hard time enjoying your cup of ice cream? Or your glass of cool lemonade? You might be suffering from tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is considered a common dental condition that occurs when receding gums exposes the dentin, a hard, porous layer of the tooth composed of many holes. Hot or cold sensations may pass through these holes and reach the tooth’s nerve (pulp), which triggers pain.

Tooth sensitivity could be a painful indication of damaged gums. Your gums may be damaged for a variety of reasons, such as gum disease or the accumulation of plaque. In some cases, worn-out fillings or a chipped tooth may cause your teeth to be sensitive. Brushing your teeth too hard may also damage your gums and wear out the enamel that coats your dentin. These reasons and more could expose your dentin and cause your teeth to be more sensitive.

Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. and his team are ready to help you deal with tooth sensitivity. Visit our clinic today or call us at (512) 259-3365 to set an appointment.