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The “Why” Behind Tooth Sensitivity Elk Grove, CA
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The “Why” Behind Tooth Sensitivity

Approximately 1 in 8 Americans suffer from oversensitive teeth. Although common, tooth sensitivity can be one of the most disruptive and uncomfortable dental health problems. If you wince in pain when eating ice cream or sipping coffee, don’t ignore it. Tooth pain that is brought on by the exposure of hot or cold temperatures is a sign that you need to see your dentist.

What Makes a Tooth Hurt?

Tooth sensitivity happens as a result of exposed dentin. Dentin is the layer of your tooth just beneath the outer enamel layer. Dentin is composed of multiple tubes that run from your outer tooth layer to the inner tooth chamber where your nerves reside. Therefore, when the dentin layer gets exposed, any elements of extreme temperatures cause your nerves to react in an adverse way.

How does dentin get exposed? Enamel loss and receding gums are the primary culprits. Each of these conditions can be brought on from a variety of factors, which are listed below.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Determining the cause of your sensitive teeth is the first step towards finding a cure. Here are some common reasons why you may be avoiding that popsicle or cup of hot cocoa.

  • Brushing too hard
  • Cracked teeth
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth bleaching
  • Age

Each of these factors involves the exposure of either the dentin or tooth root, which leads to sensitivity. High amounts of acidic beverages can also be a leading culprit to tooth sensitivity because they erode the enamel of your teeth over time.

At Laguna West Dental Care, we want you to have a healthy, comfortable smile through all stages of life. If you are experiencing tooth pain, we can help. Our services include dedicated procedures to rebuild your enamel or seal off the tubes of dentin that are irritating the nerves of your tooth. You should never have to deal with sensitive teeth on a long-term basis.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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Elk Grove, CA 95758

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As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

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In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

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In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!