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Dentistry Memphis

Woman holding her mouth in discomfort
Most people enjoy sitting down to a good meal. But even a great meal can be adversely affected by tooth sensitivity. The teeth are built to break down food so that it can be easily swallowed and digested by the body. When the teeth are in good health, chewing shouldn’t cause discomfort. Unfortunately, many patients do have a difficult time chewing due to heightened tooth sensitivity.

Dr. Timothy Messer discusses some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity and chewing, as well as how his Memphis, TN patients can benefit from restorative dentistry treatments that strengthen the teeth to address this problem and restore oral comfort.

Why Does It Hurt When I Chew?

Each part of the body plays its own important role, and for the teeth, that role is biting into and breaking down food. Although there is a collection of sensitive nerves and tissues at the center of each tooth, these are surrounded by a protective layer of dentin, and an even stronger layer of enamel. This is what makes it possible for the teeth to function without causing pain or discomfort.

So why does chewing cause some people tooth sensitivity? To simplify the answer, tooth sensitivity while chewing means that the design (or structure) of the tooth has somehow been compromised. There is a number of oral health problems that can weaken tooth enamel and leave the dentin and pulp of a tooth exposed. Any of these can lead to tooth sensitivity when chewing. Some of the most common causes of discomfort when chewing include the following:

  • Tooth decay
  • Acid erosion
  • Gum recession
  • Chips, cracks, or fractures
  • Damaged dental work

If tooth sensitivity when chewing is a problem, patients should see Dr. Messer as soon as possible to determine what is causing the condition and how it can be treated.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Dr. Messer will personalize dental treatment to best meet the unique needs of each of his patients, but, generally, the only way to eliminate tooth sensitivity while chewing is to rebuild tooth structure and restore a protective layer around the nerves and roots of a tooth. Dr. Messer offers a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry services so that he is able to correct a wide range of oral health problems, no matter their severity. Some treatments that are often successful in treating tooth sensitivity while chewing include the following:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Root canal therapy
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Repair or replacement of damaged dental restorations

Each of these treatments can protect the pulp and roots of a tooth to restore a strong smile that functions without discomfort.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Timothy Messer believes that everyone deserves to benefit from a healthy, beautiful, and fully functioning smile. If tooth sensitivity is preventing you from enjoying your smile, it is time to learn how Dr. Messer can help. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our comprehensive range of restorative dentistry services.

Tagged In: General Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry

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I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.

-Meredith Page B.
Memphis, TN

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