Identifying the Cause of Tooth Sensitivity Will Improve Your Treatment Options

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Many people struggle with tooth sensitivity. Common symptoms include pain or a sharp stinging sensation in your teeth when you consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and beverages.

You might find temporary relief by using a brand of toothpaste that is specially formulated to mitigate tooth sensitivity. However, it’s still a good idea to identify the underlying cause of the problem, just in case it is related to a more serious issue.

Consuming acidic foods and beverages on a frequent basis can cause enamel erosion. This is often one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. If this is the case for you, your Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA dentist can administer a simple fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to you to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Multiple areas of tooth decay can also expose the sensitive dentin layer of the teeth. Some common symptoms include a change in texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. You will need to have Dr. Robert H. Watson repair these cavities before the decay can spread or lead to tooth loss.

Something as simple as a chronic sinus infection can apply significant pressure to the key nerves that relate to your teeth. The main symptom of this problem would be if the sensitivity is limited to just your upper teeth. To resolve a problem like this, your primary physician can prescribe a strong nasal decongestant medication.

If you would like help identifying and treating the underlying cause of your tooth sensitivity in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can call Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA at 704-523-7221 to set up an appointment.