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Many people describe tooth sensitivity as a pain or a sharp stinging sensation in one or more teeth when they consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and beverages. Early symptom relief can sometimes be found by avoiding these foods or by brushing your teeth with desensitizing toothpaste.

In many cases, tooth sensitivity is often linked to other conditions. Some of the conditions can be quite serious if they are not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. It’s always a good idea to consult with your dentist, Dr. Peter T. Mathison, to determine the issue. Diagnosing the underlying cause will greatly improve your chances of treatment success.

Enamel erosion caused by acidic foods and the natural bacteria in your mouth is one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. The enamel erosion allows microscopic channels to penetrate deep into the enamel layer, exposing the sensitive interior structures of the tooth. In a situation like this, your dentist can administer a simple fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Advanced tooth decay can also compromise the enamel layer of multiple teeth and can extend dangerously deep into the pulp of the tooth. This is usually associated with a change in texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. In a situation like this, your Summit Center for Dentistry dental team will need to repair or restore the area of tooth decay before the sensitivity problem will cease.

Tooth sensitivity can also come from more mundane sources. A chronic sinus infection can apply significant pressure to the key nerves that relate to your teeth. A key symptom of this would be if the sensitivity is limited to just your upper teeth. Your physician can help you explore your treatment options, which might include taking a prescription decongestant to relieve the pressure on the nerves.

If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity in West Fargo, North Dakota, you should contact Summit Center for Dentistry at (701) 478-4500 to have it diagnosed and treated.