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If eating ice cream or sipping hot drinks like coffee is uncomfortable at times, you may have an issue with sensitive teeth. There are many causes of tooth sensitivity, but all of them are indications of more serious oral health concerns. A few of the causes of sensitive teeth include:

  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Broken teeth
  • Worn out fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Exposed tooth root

How Do Teeth Become Sensitive?

The portion of your tooth that’s visible above the gum line is known as the crown. In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns, and beneath the gum line is a layer known as the “cementum” that keep the root of the tooth protected. Beneath the cementum and enamel is a substance called “dentin.”

Dentin is composed of microscopic hollow tubes and canals, and is not as dense as cementum or enamel. If the protective covering over dentin wears away, hot, cold, or acidic foods can irritate the sensitive cells and nerves within the tooth. Receding gums may also expose dentin and result in hypersensitivity.

Fortunately, it is possible to treat sensitive teeth. Call today and make an appointment to meet with our Lincoln Park Smiles team, and we’ll discuss personalized treatment based on the underlying cause of the sensitivity. Taking proper care of your oral health is crucial, and fortunately tooth sensitivity is a warning sign that can be caught and treated early. Talk to your Lincoln Park dentist about any questions or concerns you have about tooth sensitivity or your daily oral health routine- we’re here to help support your oral and overall health!


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