Learn More About The Causes Of Dental Sensitivity From Our Elmhurst Dentists

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jun 19, 2017

Learn More About The Causes Of Dental Sensitivity From Our Elmhurst Dentists

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from dental sensitivity, then you know how annoying and downright uncomfortable this condition can be. Dental sensitivity often seems to come out of nowhere; that is why our Elmhurst dentists are here to demystify this condition! Keep reading to learn more about how and why dental sensitivity develops—the causes are likely more banal than you think.

Before you can understand the causes of dental sensitivity, you have to understand the basic structure of a tooth. The important thing to remember is that the outermost layer of the tooth—the dental enamel—is responsible for protecting the more sensitive layers beneath it—the dentin and the dental pulp.

So, as you would imagine, anything that damages your dental enamel can leave you susceptible to suffering from dental sensitivity; things like cavities and dental cracks/chips are notorious for causing dental pain.

However, you may start to experience dental sensitivity because your enamel is simply becoming thinner:

· Consistent and prolonged exposure to acidic substances will weaken and degrade your enamel over time. Fruit juices, soft drinks, and more are key causes of acid erosion.

· People who suffer from bruxism are also likely to deal with thinning dental enamel. Bruxism is a condition characterized by dental grinding and clenching; this puts an immense amount of pressure on your teeth. Over time, the tooth on tooth contact leaves your enamel thin and porous.

Treatments for dental sensitivity may work by…

· Dulling the nerve sensors in the tooth

· Covering diminished dental enamel with a protective material, like a sealant or dental bonding

· Strengthening dental enamel—fluoride, for example, helps teeth to re-mineralize

Our Elmhurst dentists are happy to give you more information about dental sensitivity and your treatment options. Give us a call to get started and to schedule your personal consultation!