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Feeling the Familiar Zing of Root Sensitivity?

October 31, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Matthew Wenzel

Root sensitivity can creep up on you! It may hit you when you are enjoying that ice cold beverage with that zinging sensation. What causes this? Should you contact your dentist if it goes away quickly? Here is what you need to know about root sensitivity and how to manage it.

What Causes My Tooth to Feel Sensitive?

There are actually a few different factors that can contribute to root sensitivity such as:

  • Clenching and grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism
  • Breakdown of an old dental restoration - sensitivity could indicate decay underneath
  • Brushing too vigorously can cause root exposure and sensitivity
  • A dental infection in the root, or pulp of your tooth
  • Gum disease

Once we determine the cause of your sensitivity, it can be managed efficiently with the right treatment procedure.

How to Treat Root Sensitivity

Depending on the nature of your sensitivity, you may have different treatment options to choose from. For example, wearing a night guard while you sleep can protect your teeth from the damaging effects of bruxism. Replacing an old dental restoration can eliminate hidden decay. Choosing an electric toothbrush can help your brushing technique and reduce root exposure.

Some treatment options may be more involved. Root canals in Webster Groves may be required to eliminate a dental infection and preserve your tooth structure. Depending on the progression of your condition, gum disease could require a deep cleaning to remove plaque buildup from below the gum line.

Since there are so many variables with this condition, it is a good idea to contact your dentist when you encounter any type of sensitivity. This will help you successfully manage the problem with less invasive and costly treatment options. Give your team at Webster Groves Dental a call today to learn more and schedule your next appointment.

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