Tooth Sensitivity occurs when the underlying layer of your teeth the dentin becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue (the protective blanket that covers the roots of the teeth). The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth's nerve center (the pulp). These dentinal tubules (or channels) allow the thermal or mechanical irritation - for example, the hot, cold, or sweet food - to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.
There are many factors that may lead to the development of tooth sensitivity, including:
What Can I do to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity?
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding tooth sensitivity or would like to schedule a time for us to address any symptoms you may be experiencing. We'd also be happy to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques for you at your next visit.