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If your teeth hurt when you draw in a breath of cold air or when sipping hot tea, you are not alone. Sudden tooth pain arises with tooth sensitivity which is one of the most common dental conditions we see in our practice. At North Forest Family Dental Care in The Woodlands, Texas, our dentists, Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue and Dr. Brooke Kennedy can assist you with any tooth sensitivity issues you may have.

Beneath tooth enamel lies a network of tiny tubes in the dentin which carry fluid to the nerves. When the fluid moves within the tubes, you can experience nerve irritation.

Normally, dentin is protected by the hard enamel covering, but if you have gums which have receded, or your enamel has worn down, this allows the tubules to be exposed. Once your tubules are exposed, you can experience sudden pain from eating or drinking cold or hot foods, touching your teeth, or exposing your teeth to cold air.

To help relieve tooth sensitivity you can use a desensitizing toothpaste, and when you brush, please brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also limit soda and acidic food consumption to protect your pearly whites. Our dentists may also recommend:

– Fluoride: applying fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth.

– Desensitizing or bonding: sometimes we can treat exposed root surfaces by applying bonding resin to the sensitive root surfaces.

– Root canal: if your sensitive teeth cause severe pain and other treatments aren’t effective, our dentists may recommend a root canal to treat problems in the tooth’s dental pulp.

– Surgical gum graft: if the tooth root has lost gum tissue, our dentists might recommend taking a small amount of gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and attaching it to the affected site to protect the roots.

If you are looking to treat your sensitive teeth, please call 936-271-3338 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue, Dr. Brooke Kennedy, and our North Forest Family Dental Care team of professionals in The Woodlands, Texas, want to help you maintain your healthy smile!