Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you felt a sudden jolt of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel is eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located. Ouch!
Tooth sensitivity can be a signal that something is wrong. It may be caused by gum disease or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.
Enamel erosion can be caused by a number of factors including acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening such as the ones we do here at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few weeks.
Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession for our Alexandria patients is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too hard!
If you experience constant or intermittent pain in your teeth or gums, call 703-996-4666 right away to make an appointment. James D. Geren takes tooth pain seriously.
At Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, we not only treat tooth sensitivity problems and offer periodontal treatment, we also perform entire smile makeovers for cosmetic dentistry patients in the Springfield, Alexandria, and Washington DC areas. You’ll find us in the 22306 zip code area.