Tooth Sensitivity

Do you find yourself cringing when a cold or hot beverage touches your teeth? Do you experience discomfort when you brush or floss? If you answered yes to either of the questions, you may be suffering from unnecessary dental sensitivity. At Value Dental Centers Mesa we want to eliminate your dental discomfort. There’s no need to live in pain when you could make an appointment today and find the relief you’ve been waiting for. We offer several treatment options at our Mesa, AZ practice for tooth sensitivity. When you come in for your consultation, your dentist will help you find the best solution based on the underlying cause.

Tooth Sensitivity vs. Toothache

With a toothache, you will notice a steady, throbbing, or sharp pain that radiates throughout your jaw and head. Typically, this type of discomfort is brought on by a dental infection or a cavity.

In contrast, tooth sensitivity occurs periodically. Often, it will occur when you eat or drink something hot, cold, or sugary. Different from a toothache, sensitivity results in short bursts of pain that quickly subside. However, those spasms can be very uncomfortable. They can also inhibit your normal diet and lifestyle.

Why Does Tooth Sensitivity Occur?

Your teeth consist of four layers:

  • Enamel
  • Dentin
  • Cementum
  • Soft inner pulp

Sensitivity usually occurs when your enamel begins to erode, affecting the other layers of your teeth. Located right underneath your enamel is the dentin. It contains microscopic tubules, which, in turn, contain tiny nerve endings. When enamel erosion occurs, your dentin and the tiny nerves will be exposed, triggering significant discomfort. You may suffer from dental erosion for several reasons. Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, is the most common cause. However, an imbalanced bite, an acidic diet, and acid reflux can also contribute to erosion.

In other cases, periodontal disease can cause tooth sensitivity. If your gums start to erode, it will expose your tooth roots, which contain large nerve endings.

Dental Sensitivity Treatment Options

We offer several treatments for dental sensitivity. To determine the right method, we must first diagnose the cause of your discomfort. For very minor cases, your dentist may simply prescribe anti-sensitivity toothpaste. If you are dealing with dental sensitivity as a result of bruxism, he or she will fit you with a custom-made night guard. The device will fit comfortably over your top and bottom teeth to keep you from grinding them while you sleep.

In many cases, your dentist may also perform dental bonding to replace worn enamel. During this treatment, he or she will apply a layer of composite resin to your teeth. The material will create a hard coating, which will protect the nerve endings from exposure to food and drink. As an added bonus, the treatment will also brighten your smile by concealing cosmetic blemishes.

If your sensitivity is the result of periodontitis, we will often recommend a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. This treatment will provide almost immediate relief by eliminating the bacterial build-up from around your dental roots.

Contact Us For Relief

Contact our office today to learn more about our sensitivity treatments and to find the relief you’ve been waiting for.