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Sensitive teeth are not as serious a problem as actual pain caused by toothache, but it can be uncomfortable and cause you to avoid certain foods and drinks. Also referred to as dentin hypersensitivity, sensitive teeth can really have a negative effect on your quality of life.
If you feel discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth. Actually, there are several factors that can increase your risk of developing sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can be the result of any one of a number of dental problems including:
- Decayed teeth (cavities)
- Cracks or fractures in teeth
- Loose or cracked fillings
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Worn tooth enamel
- Exposed tooth roots
Once the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is determined, it can usually be easily treated. It may be as simple as using a desensitizing toothpaste, but proper treatment for relief of symptoms can only be determined by your dentist.
Tooth sensitivity can be a real problem for many people, but there are solutions that can minimize its impact. Contact our Dillon dental office, and we’ll be happy to talk to you about your symptoms and answer any questions you may have.