6707 HWY 431 S. Suite 103 Owen's Cross Roads, AL 35763

Current Patients 256.534.1475

New Patients 256.202.4186

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental concern that can make it hard to eat and drink normally. In her Owens Cross Roads, AL dental office, Dr. Elizabeth Duling helps diagnose the cause of sensitive teeth and relieve tooth pain. Her goal is to restore her patient’s smiles to their normal function. Sensitive teeth can impact daily life, making it difficult to enjoy certain foods or beverages. Dr. Duling and her professional dental team create a relaxing and comfortable environment where patients can share their symptoms and receive effective treatment.

Treat Sensitive Teeth in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama

Teeth Grinding

Bruxism, also known as teeth clenching and grinding, can wear down the tooth enamel and break or chip the teeth. This dental problem is often a sign of a TMJ disorder and can expose the nerves and pulp inside of the tooth, which can cause tooth sensitivity and pain. Dr. Duling may recommend treatment with a nightguard, an oral appliance that keeps the teeth from touching or painfully grinding together.

Aggressive Tooth Brushing

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush and forcefully brushing the teeth can wear down the tooth enamel, or top layer of teeth. Wearing down the enamel can expose dentin, the dark underlayer beneath enamel. Dentin hypersensitivity can make it painful to eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. Please be gentle when brushing or flossing. Make regular dental appointments with us and ask us about dental bonding or veneers. These cosmetic treatments can protect teeth from sensitivity.

Gum Disease

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums that can cause tooth pain and sensitivity. As gum disease progresses, it can irritate the teeth and gums and the gums may recede, exposing the sensitive tooth enamel underneath. Dr. Duling will help screen patients for gum disease and create a treatment plan if she finds that your sensitive teeth are caused by periodontitis.

Request a Dental Appointment Today

Dr. Duling will help you find the cause of your tooth pain and sensitivity so you can have a comfortable smile again. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Duling online or call her Owens Cross Roads, AL dental office at 256.202.4186.