Get The Facts On Dental Sensitivity From Our O’Fallon Dentists

Written by Dr. Brace on Feb 1, 2022

Dental sensitivity is a very common problem, but it doesn’t have to be dangerous. Our family dentist in O’Fallon will help you determine the cause of your discomfort, so that we can start the treatment process right away!

There are a number of different causes of sensitivity and tooth pain:

  • Dental Infection

The bacteria in your mouth can cause cavities, which will eat away at the natural dental enamel and dentin layers of your teeth. If left untreated this infection could lead to an irreversible loss of tooth structure and sensitivity, as the nerves within your tooth are exposed.

  • Enamel Erosion

Tooth sensitivity can also be caused or exacerbated by tooth-on-tooth contact, acidic foods and drinks, and overly abrasive cleaning materials. Maintaining healthy layers of dentin and dental enamel is imperative for both tooth health and long-term comfort.

  • Receding Gums

Another way that irritants can get to your sensitive dental nerves is through the tooth root. Normally, these nerve endings are protected by a layer of gum tissue, but when tissue separates from its surroundings teeth, the nerves become vulnerable and open up for attack!

Our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you make the healthiest decisions for your smile, day in and day out. The best way to learn more is to contact our team for an oral health assessment—give us a call!