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The sun’s out and the weekend’s here and a giant scoop of ice cream would be perfect. You have the flavor picked out but hesitate…you know that anything that cold would send an electric shock through your entire body. Hypersensitive teeth are more common than most people think. Sensitivity ranges from moderate to severe. This may be a nuisance that you’ve been dealing with all your life but there’s no time like the present to finally find the cause. Hypersensitive teeth can affect your quality of life so it’s important to talk to the team at Todd Franklin DDS to address all your general dentistry needs.

There are a number of common causes for hypersensitivity including teeth whitening. While the appearance of your teeth is important, some teeth whitening products may leave your teeth very sensitive. Similarly, dental procedures including fillings, periodontal treatment, and the adjustment of braces can leave your teeth feeling more sensitive than usual. Often times the hypersensitivity doesn’t last but may still be severe enough to warrant a visit to our office for a consultation or general dentistry needs.

Prolonged hypersensitivity typically requires treatment. Your gum tissues cover dentin while dentin surrounds the sensitive pulp encasing the nerve endings of a tooth. There are many pores in the dentin that lead to the nerve of a tooth. So if there is gum recession or if the openings of the pores are exposed, your tooth will be more prone to sensitivity as it’s pulp and your nerve endings are now directly in contact with stimuli including cold, heat, chemicals that produce sweet and sour, and pressure. This pressure includes grinding or clenching that bruises the small ligaments that keep your tooth in place. Each of these stimuli cause fluid to flow through the pores of the dentin and this sensation is transmitted as pain once interpreted by the nerve of your tooth. The pores of the dentin need to be closed in order to prevent any fluid from passing during the occurrence of these outside stimuli.

Visit Dr. Franklin and his team to find the cause of your hypersensitive teeth and to learn about the different options for repair. Our professional team will correct your problem with a permanent solution. Contact Todd A. Franklin DDS today to schedule an appointment.