A stinging pain when you eat or drink certain foods can certainly be a nuisance. Most people with tooth sensitivity complain of discomfort when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things. While you might find some temporary relief from using a specially formulated toothpaste, chances are the underlying cause of the sensitivity will persist. By identifying the cause, you can increase your chances for successful treatment.
Enamel erosion is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. The pervasive nature of the bacteria in your mouth and the effects of the acidic foods and drinks you consume can erode the tooth enamel on a microscopic level. In time, this can form microscopic channels through the enamel to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.
In many cases like this, the strength of your tooth enamel can be restored by having Dr. Cameron Clark administer a simple fluoride treatment. This might also be followed up by using prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Tooth decay and cavities on multiple teeth can also cause tooth sensitivity problems. If Dr. Cameron Clark doesn’t repair or restore these teeth, it could lead to serious complications. Without treatment, the tooth decay could penetrate deep into the gums, causing a dangerous infection or abscess.
If you’re struggling with tooth sensitivity in Kalispell, Montana, you should call (406) 752-4530 to schedule a consultation at Northwest Center for Dentistry.