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Eliminate Tooth Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

Woman with tooth sensitivityPatients consume a variety of foods and beverages throughout the day. Often, these foods and drinks are hot or cold in temperature. Normally, patients don’t experience discomfort when the teeth are exposed to hot and cold temperatures. When tooth sensitivity develops, it can be very uncomfortable. Hot and cold foods and drinks can cause sharp, shooting pain.

Restorative dentistry treatments rebuild damaged tooth enamel to get tooth sensitivity under control. Here, Dr. Timothy S. Messer discusses the most common causes of tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, and which treatments his Memphis, TN patients can rely on for restored oral comfort.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

The teeth are protected by a protective outer layer called enamel. Enamel is a hard mineral material that does not have any nerves, which explains why people can usually eat hot and cold foods without experiencing pain or discomfort.

However, the teeth aren’t entirely made of enamel. The enamel is a thin outer coating that is the outermost layer of the teeth. Beneath the enamel is a softer layer of dentin; underneath the dentin is a collection of sensitive nerves and tissues. These nerves and tissues, or the “pulp” of the tooth, will react if exposed to hot and cold temperatures.

So, what does it mean if a patient is experiencing tooth sensitivity to hot and cold? In short, it means that the sensitive inner structures of the tooth have been exposed to these temperatures. And that means that the protective layer of enamel has either become worn down or damaged. In many cases, weak or thin tooth enamel is a simple side effect of aging and prolonged wear and tear. However, other oral health problems can also lead to tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, including the following:

  • Tooth decay
  • Acid erosion
  • Traumatic oral injury
  • Damaged dental work

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Patients should not have to alter their diet to avoid tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, whether tooth sensitivity is caused by worn down tooth enamel or oral health problems, the condition can be treated. Dr. Messer offers a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments that improve oral strength and rebuild the protective layer around the teeth. There are several treatment options to consider.

Some restorative treatments that can be useful in minimizing or eliminating tooth sensitivity to hot and cold include dental bonding, dental fillings, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns. Dr. Messer will perform a thorough examination before recommending a treatment plan that will best meet the unique needs of each of his patients.

Schedule an Appointment

If you want to enjoy a hot cup of tea or dig into a cold bowl of ice cream, you deserve to do so without feeling any pain or discomfort. To learn how Dr. Timothy S. Messer can restore your oral strength and eliminate tooth sensitivity, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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.