Elmhurst Dentist Talks About Tooth Sensitivity & Solutions

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Feb 1, 2022

We all know that the discomfort of tooth sensitivity can be anxiety-producing, and it can really take a toll on your quality of life. But did you also know that sensitivity can be a sign that something is wrong with your oral health?

Our Elmhurst dentists provide the proactive, comprehensive care that you need to overcome sensitivity and reclaim your smile.

  • Dental Infection

The nerves in our teeth are very sensitive; any bacteria living in them can degrade the natural structure and expose vulnerable nerves to irritants and microorganisms. That’s why it’s important for us get treated as quickly possible before more damage is done!

  • Enamel Erosion

Brushing your teeth is the best way to keep them healthy and strong, but sometimes we may brush too vigorously, or with a brush that is too firm. This causes dental enamel to wear away prematurely. If you suffer from bruxism (chronic dental grinding), then you are at an increased risk of developing enamel erosion.  

  • Receding Gums

In some cases, irritants can get to your sensitive dental nerves through the tooth root. The nerve endings in your tooth root are normally protected by a layer of gum tissue. However, as gum tissue degrades it actually pulls away from the tooth structure. That means that your dental nerves become more exposed and vulnerable for attack from outside factors like food particles and bacteria.

Stay alert for signs of dental discomfort and nerve sensitivity. Many of these oral health issues are easier to treat in their earliest stages, so prompt care is paramount. Give our Elmhurst dentists a call to learn more or to schedule your personal consultation with our team!