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2112 F Street NW, Suite 203
Washington, DC 20037
11150 Fairfax Blvd. Suite 301
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tooth Sensitivity

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Tooth Sensitivity

If you have ever filled out a medical history at the dentist you know that we ask a lot of questions!  One question we ask, is if you have any sensitivity, especially to sweet, hot or cold foods.  Now, of course there can be many different causes.

In healthy teeth, porous tissue called dentin is protected by your gum tissue and by your teeth’s hard outer layer (enamel).  However, dentin can become exposed when problems arise such as receding gums, fractured or chipped teeth or erosion.  Microscopic holes in the dentin, called tubules, connect the outside to the nerve inside, triggering pain when stimulated by certain foods, beverages or even cold air.  Depending on what the cause is, the treatment is different, so it is very important to mention this at your dental visit.

 

Almost everyone has heard of a filling to fix sensitivity but not many have heard of gum graft surgery.  This is a permanent procedure done to cover the root surfaces where recession has occurred.  This procedure, along with good home care can reduce further recession and bone loss.  It can also cover exposed roots to protect the teeth from decay.  Along with these benefits it improves esthetics so you will have a beautiful smile for years to come.

 

So, if you are having sensitivity there is no need to live with pain.  There are options, let us find out what we can do for you!!!

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