Tooth sensitivity is a touchy subject. We don’t often hear much about it in the dental office, and this can be concerning. In recent years, there has been a shift in the perception that people have about sensitive teeth. Due to the development of products aimed at tooth sensitivity, this dental symptom is largely viewed as a problem. There is a big difference between a symptom and a problem.
If you have sensitive teeth that stand between you and the enjoyment you might get from a cold glass of iced-tea or a warm cookie, and you think of this as a problem, you may turn to one of those many products that claim to help you minimize discomfort. But what if there is a reason that your teeth are sending out painful signals? What if sensitivity is a virtual smoke-signal, a cry for help? If you observe sensitivity as a symptom, you then have the chance to catch the real culprit before pain worsens.
The Absence of Coverage
The advertisements that portray tooth sensitivity as a problem that can be managed miss the point. We don’t just “have sensitive teeth,” for the most part. There is almost always a problem behind the issue. One of those problems is thin enamel.
Here is where the idea of sensitivity as a normal thing comes into play. People whose teeth react strongly to hot and cold may have thin enamel. This could be genetic. In many cases, though, the thinning out of enamel happens over time. We call this erosion, and it is a problem that may be treatable and may need to be treated. Enamel covers the soft areas of the tooth where nerves reside. To fortify this hard shell, mineralizing fluoride treatment may help. If erosion is extensive, dental crowns and veneers may be warranted. When the softer matter of teeth is protected, there should be far less sensitivity, if not a complete elimination of this symptom.
Erosion is not the only potential culprit of tooth sensitivity, but it is a common one. To discover how to regain comfort when you eat and drink, schedule a consultation and exam with your Succasunna dentist. Call 973-328-1225.