What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth Sensitivity treatment in Arlington Heights IllinoisIf you’re experiencing constant tooth sensitivity, you may want to consider visiting the dentist. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental concerns that patients visit the dentist for. Teeth sensitivity can be uncomfortable and may even be an indication of a more advanced dental issue.

Arlington Heights dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg offers a wide range of treatments for patients dealing with various dental concerns. Dr. Engelberg will listen to your concerns, perform a full comprehensive exam, and determine which type of treatment is right for you. The treatment you receive will depend on the underlying cause of sensitivity and the extent of damage to the tooth enamel.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, schedule a visit to AHSmiles in Arlington Heights, IL. To schedule an appointment, call 847.230.9703 or request an appointment online.

Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

When the dentin is exposed, patients are at a higher risk of experiencing tooth sensitivity.  In this post, we will discuss some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity.

  • Using your teeth as tools: Using your teeth as tools may lead to worn, damaged, or broken teeth.
  • Chewing ice: Many patients chew ice on a daily basis. Chewing ice is a habit that may damage your tooth enamel over time.
  • Aggressive brushing: Consistent, aggressive brushing can increase tooth sensitivity.
  • Tooth decay: Tooth decay can break down the tooth enamel, leading to dentin exposure. If left untreated, patients with dental caries may experience tooth sensitivity.
  • Teeth grinding and clenching: Teeth grinding and clenching can wear down the tooth enamel. Most patients don’t realize they grind their teeth until they visit the dentist. Patients who grind their teeth may experience symptoms like headaches, broken or chipped teeth, and jaw pain.
  • Poor diet: Foods and beverages that are highly acidic can damage your tooth enamel and may eventually lead to tooth sensitivity.
  • Gum disease: Gum recession is one of the symptoms of gum disease. Gum recession can lead to dentin exposure. When the dentin is exposed, patients may experience pain and tooth sensitivity.

Patients may experience waves of extreme tooth sensitivity and minor tooth sensitivity. However, if you notice tooth sensitivity on a consistent basis, it is crucial you visit the dentist for a full examination of the teeth and gums.