Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that can affect people of all ages. Sensitivity can develop as a result of several different dental health issues, but it is usually highly treatable. If you notice that your teeth are sensitive, let us know at your next dental appointment so that our dentist in Houston can make suggestions to ease your discomfort.
One of the most common reasons for people to develop sensitive teeth is exposed roots. Roots can become exposed as a result of gum recession, which occurs due to periodontal disease. About 80 percent of people have at least some gum recession by the time they are 65, and about half of adults over 35 have some degree of gum disease. If you have sensitivity due to exposed roots, you may need to undergo periodontal therapy to control the infection and restore health to the gums. You may also need to have dental bonding applied to the exposed tissue, which helps protect it from further damage and discomfort.
Damaged enamel can also cause sensitive teeth. Enamel can become worn due to aggressive brushing habits, abrasive toothpastes, an acidic diet, bulimia and GERD. Identifying the underlying cause of the enamel erosion can help identify the most appropriate treatment plan. Patients may benefit from fluoride treatments or special toothpastes that can help strengthen teeth. Severe erosion may require the application of dental crowns to prevent further damage. Contact our office today to find a solution for your sensitive teeth or to schedule an appointment.
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