Tooth pain and sensitivity are common problems for many patients. Some patients may have sudden, sharp pain, while others deal with tooth sensitivity daily. Our dental team is here to help patients find the best treatments for their pain and sensitivity. Here we will explore common causes and treatments for sensitive teeth in Oxnard, CA. We are dedicated to helping patients relieve tooth pain and sensitivity. Our team wants patients to feel comfortable in their natural smiles.
Sensitive Teeth in Oxnard, CA
Learn many causes of tooth sensitivity and how we can treat this problem in our office:
Also known as teeth clenching and grinding, bruxism is a common symptom of TMD. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are bite problems caused by the joints that connect the skull and lower jaw. Injury or stress to the temporomandibular joints can create discomfort in the teeth and jaw. Patients may clench and grind their teeth when stressed or unconsciously at night.
Patients who brush their teeth too hard can experience higher rates of tooth sensitivity and pain. Over time, aggressive brushing can wear down the tooth enamel. Dental veneers and tooth bonding treatment can help patients who already have tooth wear because of brushing. We also recommend that patients brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Some types of toothpaste, especially whitening toothpaste, have abrasive particles that can wear the tooth enamel.
Hits to the teeth can cause pain for multiple days, even if patients do not experience chips, cracks, or fractures. Tooth wear or erosion can also expose the dentin, the underlayer beneath the outer tooth enamel. Dental injuries and wear that expose the dentin can increase tooth sensitivity.
Dental cavities are holes or pits in the tooth enamel. Bacteria that feed on food debris left in the mouth can create cavities. Harmful bacteria create digestive acids that break down the enamel over time to create cavities. As tooth decay progresses, cavities can get larger and expose the inside of the tooth to bacteria.
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the gum tissue. Over time, gum disease can lead to bleeding, inflamed, and irritated gums. Patients with gum disease may also have sensitive teeth and gums. The bacteria that affect the gum tissue can also affect the tooth roots and tooth enamel.
Address your tooth pain and sensitivity today. Call Beach Cities Dental Group at (805) 312-9164. You may also request a dental appointment with Dr. Georgia Haddad online. Let us know if you have questions about your symptoms and we will gladly help.