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Why do I Experience Dental Sensitivity When I Drink Cold Beverages?

August 18, 2017

Man with dental sensitivity holding his cheekOn a hot day, the most refreshing moment can be the one where you sit down with a cool, refreshing glass of iced tea. However, this can also be a painful moment, if you are one of the millions of people who experience severe dental sensitivity. There are many causes of this common oral health issue, and knowing what lead to your sensitivity can make it easier to address. The best way to find out what may be causing your issue is to talk to your general dentist during your next preventive dentistry appointment.

Causes of Dental Sensitivity

There are a wide range of underlying causes of dental sensitivity. This oral health condition affects numerous patients to varying degrees. Some people with mild sensitivity find it easier to just “live with” the condition, but for those who suffer from severe, chronic dental sensitivity, this is not an option. In order to provide effective treatment, a dentist must first determine what is causing the sensitivity. Some of the common causes of dental sensitivity include:

  • Thinning tooth enamel
  • Receding gum tissue
  • Root canal infection
  • Genetic predisposition

Treatments for Sensitive Teeth

Once a dentist determines the underlying cause of your dental sensitivity, they will provide treatment recommendations to improve the condition. Some of the often used treatments for sensitive teeth include:

  • Fluoride therapy – professional levels of fluoride can be applied to teeth in-office and at-home these treatments strengthen tooth enamel. When fortified, the tooth will be less sensitive to changes in temperature.
  • Anti-sensitivity toothpaste and gels – these at-home products offer a great deal of relief for many chronic sufferers from dental sensitivity. They block some of the access tubules that lead to the sensitive nerve of the tooth, reducing dental pain and sensitivity to temperature changes.
  • Restorative services – this may include fillings or dental crowns to repair dental damage that causes sensitivity. Soft tissue grafts may also be recommended, if receding gum tissue has exposed the tooth roots. The root structure is much more sensitive since the protective enamel layer is thinner over this part of the tooth.

Meet the Dental Renaissance Team

At Dental Renaissance, our dentistry team offers a wide range of treatments options to ensure patients maintain the optimal level of oral health for life. In order to ensure you keep your smile healthy, the first step is contacting our team to schedule a biannual dental checkup. These appointments give our team the opportunity to explain areas for concern and offer guidance to improve oral health and hygiene. We are dedicated to keeping our Plano area dental patients in the know when it comes to keeping their whole, healthy smile for life.

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