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August 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Sensitivity  

Dr. Gerald Ryan of Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care for the whole family in Swartz Creek, MI. When you have a sensitive tooth, it's important to give your Swartz Creek dentist a call right away. We can help determine what is causing the sensitivity and get you feeling better!

Causes of sensitivity

You're likely to first notice when eating or drinking that a tooth has become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. This can be very painful and interrupt your daily life. Tooth sensitivity is often a sign you have tooth decay and need a filling. But sensitivity can also be caused by:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Worn or loose fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Receding gums

If you're having tooth sensitivity, don't hesitate to see your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist. Delaying dental treatment often means more involved and more expensive dental work when you do have an appointment, so call us at the first sign of trouble!

Treating sensitive teeth

Depending on what we determine is causing your sensitivity, the dentist's recommendations for treatment will vary. Treatments could include dental work like crowns to fix your bite, or wearing a nightguard and managing your stress to help prevent more teeth grinding. If tooth decay or gum disease is causing the sensitivity, it can be helped by getting a filling or a laser treatment for gum disease.

The best thing you can do every day to prevent tooth sensitivity is to practice a great oral hygiene routine. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you have a history of cavities or sensitivity, your dentist may recommend adding fluoride toothpaste or a fluoride mouthwash to your routine for extra protection.

At Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Gerald Ryan is here to help when you have a sensitive tooth. Sensitive teeth are often a sign that you need treatment so come see us! Contact us for an appointment in Swartz Creek, MI, at (810) 635-8446.