Tooth sensitivity can make it painful to eat and drink. You may experience lasting sensitivity that doesn’t change whether you’re eating, drinking, or doing neither of those activities. There are many possible causes of sensitive teeth, but you must visit our experienced cosmetic and general dentist near Fairfax to know the cause for sure.
Sensitive teeth may be caused by:
- Exposed tooth root
- Cracked tooth
- Tooth decay
- Enamel erosion
- Gum disease
- Gum recession
Enamel is a big part of what protects the sensitive nerves and cells inside your tooth. If the deeper layers of your teeth are exposed – by a fracture in the enamel or receding gums, for example – then you can experience tooth sensitivity or pain.
Good oral hygiene can prevent tooth sensitivity by helping you avoid tooth decay and gum disease. But it’s important to remember not to brush too hard. Forceful brushing can wear down your tooth enamel and your gum tissue.
Only an experienced dentist can determine the cause of your teeth sensitivity. Our dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban will diagnose the cause and make sure you know all of your treatment options for alleviating the discomfort.
If you are experiencing sensitive teeth or any other dental pain or discomfort, please contact Pamela Marzban, DDS, to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist near Fairfax Station.