Do your teeth hurt when you eat or drink cold foods and beverages? Does it hurt to brush your teeth? We can help. Dr. Mark Sowell offers treatment for patients with tooth sensitivity in Plano, TX. He works with his patients to understand the source of their symptoms and find the right solutions to alleviate painful symptoms. Please contact Dr. Sowell’s office, Sensational Smiles, as soon as you discover discomfort in your face, jaw, or mouth.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity in Plano, TX
Common causes of tooth pain and sensitivity include:
Aggressive Tooth Brushing
If you brush your teeth aggressively or use a hard-bristled toothbrush, you can wear your tooth enamel. Weakened or worn tooth enamel can expose the dentin, or underlayer, which often leads to tooth sensitivity. Gently brush or floss your teeth and use a soft-bristled toothbrush at home to minimize tooth pain and wear.
Bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding is a common result of stress or damage to the teeth or jaw. If you clench or grind your teeth when you’re stressed or even unconsciously at night, your teeth can wear down. Over time, chronic bruxism leads to chronic headaches, tooth pain, and sensitivity. Wearing a nightguard, or a custom-made oral appliance at night or in stressful situations can address tooth pain. Nightguards also prevent further wear or damage to the tooth enamel.
Please contact us if you have a dental injury. Chips, cracks, fractures, and other breaks in the tooth enamel can expose the inside of the tooth. Deep breaks in the enamel can even expose the nerves within the tooth chamber. As a result, patients are more sensitive to temperature and pressure. Dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and tooth bonding treatment can address these problems. They cover and protect the front, top, bottom, or entire tooth. An added benefit of these treatments is that they also brighten the appearance of teeth.
Gingivitis or gum inflammation can quickly lead to periodontitis or gum disease. Many patients with gum inflammation can experience gum and tooth sensitivity. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria that irritate the gum tissue and can spread to the tooth enamel. Over time, patients with gum disease may experience gum recession and deep gum pockets. Gum recession can expose dentin, the underlayer beneath the enamel. Bacteria that cause periodontitis can also reach the tooth. We offer deep cleaning treatments that remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky film that can cover the teeth and gums. Plaque hardens to form tartar which is difficult to remove without professional dental tools.
Treat Tooth Sensitivity Today
Have you noticed a change in the comfort of your smile? Address sensitive teeth at Sensational Smiles. Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Sowell online. If you are a new patient, call us at (972) 382-6855. Current patients can call (972) 931-0090. Please let us know if you have questions about your current symptoms or oral health concerns. Our dental team is always here to help.