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Do You Have Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can range from a mild annoyance to sudden severe pain. Most often triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods, those with the condition may or may not have visible cavities or damage present. That’s why it often takes a dentist to determine the cause. If you’re suffering with in pain due to tooth sensitivity, don’t wait any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Causes of tooth sensitivity:

  • A recently filled cavity sometimes remains sensitive after your appointment. This is normal soreness from the procedure, and typically lasts no more than a day or two. If unusual pain persists, contact us immediately.
  • Erosion of tooth enamel. As tooth enamel is worn or chipped away, the layer beneath (called cementum) is exposed. This cementum is much more porous than tooth enamel and thus becomes much more sensitive to changes in temperature
  • Gum recession can leave teeth roots exposed. Normally hidden safely below the gumline, this part of the tooth lacks the protective layer of enamel and can become especially sensitive to heat and cold.
  • If a tooth is lost and not replaced, one or more teeth may shift positions and end up striking too hard against opposing teeth.
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism) can occur both during the day or subconsciously at night. In either instance, this puts a lot of pressure on teeth and can leave them in a painful, hypersensitive state.

Treatment

For at home treatment, try desensitizing toothpaste. Look for brands with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Avoid whitening or tartar control toothpastes, as these may contain ingredients that contribute to tooth sensitivity.

If sensitivity continues, contact us! We are here to pinpoint the cause and offer solutions.

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.