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Why Are My Teeth Sensitive to Cold?

May 6, 2021 6:49 pm | Published by

When you eat ice cream, do you feel a tingle in your teeth? You might even start feeling painful aching when you eat or drink anything cold. This is a frustrating place to be. Anyone can get tooth sensitivity, so it’s important to know what causes it and what to do.

Possible Causes for Tooth Sensitivity

Healthy teeth are protected by a hard layer of enamel. This enamel protects the other layers and the nerve-rich inside of your teeth. If that enamel wears away for some reason, it exposes the dentin layer. Dentin is less thick and more sensitive to cold and hot temperatures. The more enamel you lose, the more sensitive your teeth will be.

There are a few things that cause tooth sensitivity. Gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth grinding are common reasons. You can also wear down your enamel by brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush. People often experience sensitivity after procedures like fillings and teeth whitening, but it’s temporary.

What Do You Do About Tooth Sensitivity?

It’s uncomfortable and even painful to have teeth sensitive to cold. Thankfully, there are solutions. While you can’t regrow your enamel, you can protect what you have by taking better care of your oral health. Come to our office for cleanings and exams at least twice a year. We might recommend special toothpaste for sensitivity or fluoride gel. If a cracked or chipped tooth is causing the sensitivity, a crown or inlay will help. In severe cases, surgical gum grafts or root canals may be necessary.

Addressing Sensitive Teeth at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry

Many people experience sensitivity when they eat or drink something cold, but you don’t need to suffer in silence. Our dentists see tooth sensitivity all the time. They’ll identify the cause and come up with a treatment plan. If you have any questions about sensitivity or the services we offer at our Cedar Park office, please contact us today!

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