Hi. I’m Dr. Heather at HPS Advance Dental Care. We’re located in Shelby Township, Michigan on 24 Mile Road. I want to talk a little bit today about sensitive teeth. We have a lot of patients that come in being very concerned about oh I have a tooth that’s sensitive. Do I need a root canal? Oh my gosh, I think I need a root canal on this tooth. And they’re almost probably 90% of the time, happy to find out that it’s not anything serious at all. It’s just a little bit of gum recession and they have a sensitive root and it’s very easy to fix, usually it doesn’t even require a filling. We c32an put a little material on that root surface and the sensitivity goes away. So the good news is, if you have a sensitive tooth, by all means give us a call and we’ll take a look at it. Usually, it’s no big deal.
So you can rest assured that if you have some sensitive teeth when you eat ice cream or cold water, or even with the weather as it is right now in Michigan, going outside and taking a breath of cold air which is always painful if you have a sensitive tooth. Come on in and give us a call we’ll definitely take a look at it. There are a couple of different products that we use here in the office. Some are more naturally based products that we can just put on that root surface to remineralize the root surface. A lot of people say well if the root surface is exposed does that mean the nerves exposed. It does not mean your nerve is exposed. It feels like your nerve is exposed. I’ve had sensitive teeth myself and it’s a big zinger when you have that happen. But the reason you’re getting that sensitivity is that the enamel of your teeth, it’s very, very strong. It’s, it’s made out of mostly minerals. It’s actually 98% mineralized so when we smile and everything else we don’t feel that cold sensitivity because that that enamel is so hard. When you start getting onto the root surface of your tooth, if a little bit of that root is exposed, that’s only about 55% mineralized. So, just based on that mineral content of the root versus the enamel, if you get some cold or some sweets or something like that on that root surface, it’s going to send a sensation to the nerve impulse to the nerve saying, get the hell off. And so what we have to do is basically remineralize that root surface. That or we can even put a little filling material on there, depending on how big the root surface is, or if there’s a little decay or something. But usually it’s a pretty easy fix. So rest assured, if you have a sensitive tooth. Give us a call at (248)652-0024.