Do everyday tasks like eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth cause you pain and discomfort? At Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, one of the most common complaints we hear from our patients is tooth pain and sensitivity. It is a common problem and our team here in Crown Point, IN can help you find relief.
When you call 219-641-3422 make an appointment at our Crown Point, IN dental office, mention the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. We will schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, learn more about what may be causing your tooth pain and sensitivity and what we can do to treat you.
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
Not only are sensitive teeth frustrating to deal with, but they could be a sign of a more serious problem.
Enamel, the substance that covers the crown of your teeth. Enamel is an extremely hard substance, but underneath your enamel is a softer layer made up of dentin. When too much of your enamel wears away, dentin is exposed. Without enough enamel to protect them, the nerves in your teeth become more sensitive.
The most common causes of teeth sensitivity include:
- Tooth decay
- Cracked teeth
- Degraded tooth fillings
- Degraded tooth enamel
- Exposed tooth roots (as the result of aggressive brushing, gum disease, or receding gums)
Tooth Pain & Sensitivity Treatment
The good news is, regardless of what is causing your tooth pain and sensitivity, our team at Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS can help. During your appointment, we will closely examine your teeth to determine the cause of sensitivity. Once we get a look at your teeth, we can come up with a personalized plan to treat you.
One of the most common recommendations we share with our patients to help with tooth sensitivity is specially-formulated toothpaste. There are some kinds of toothpaste available over the counter that may provide relief. If over-the-counter toothpaste doesn’t solve the problem, there are prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste that may do the trick.
During your appointment, we can also discuss how your eating habits play a role in your teeth sensitivity. Foods that are high in acid wear away enamel, as do the acids your mouth produces after you eat sugary foods.
To help prevent any further damage to your teeth, avoid eating high acidic foods. Rinse your mouth out with water after eating, but wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth. It may also be beneficial to chew sugar-free gum that contains xylitol. The saliva your mouth produces while chewing gum can help wash away leftover food particles and replenish your enamel. Xylitol can also make it harder for potentially damaging bacteria to cling to your teeth.
If your tooth sensitivity is caused by a more serious problem, we will discuss your treatment options during your appointment. Services like dental crowns can be used to cover and protect damaged teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, it may be time to consider a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
Fortunately, you have already taken a step in the right direction by learning more about your discomfort and what could be causing it. Don’t wait another minute to call Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS at 219-641-3422 or contact us online to request an appointment so we can get you feeling like yourself again.