On these hot summer days, many Americans look forward to the simple joys of ice cold lemonade, snow cones, and ice cream as the perfect treat to cool you down. However, for many people, these nostalgic treats induce pain. For patients with sensitive teeth, it may be difficult to enjoy cold or hot beverages because of the aching sensation that accompanies extreme temperatures. Your dentist in Queens, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz will help diagnose and treat the cause of your sensitive teeth to quickly address problems so you can comfortably eat that snow cone this summer!
How Tooth Sensitivity Works
The main role of tooth enamel, the hard mineral substance on the outside of your tooth, is to protect the sensitive inner structures of your tooth. When your enamel is weakened, the dentin is more vulnerable to temperature as well as bacteria. Tooth sensitivity and tooth decay are the most common signs of enamel erosion. Weakened enamel can also make it easier for teeth to become stained or discolored. When the slightly exposed dentin feels hot or cold beverages, it transmits the temperature to the nerve center of the tooth, the pulp center. The nerves will then send pain signals to your brain, creating toothache.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity
Since insufficient amount of enamel protection is the main cause of tooth sensitivity, dental conditions that wear away enamel are the main culprits. Teeth grinding, TMJ disorder, and tooth decay are common causes of enamel erosion. Gum disease and gingival recession can also contribute to sensitive teeth.
How Our Queens Dentist Treats Sensitive Teeth
At a dental checkup with Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, we will help you determine the cause of your enamel erosion and how to treat your dental condition. Your Queens dental office offers bruxism and TMJ disorder prevention, periodontal care, and even cosmetic dentistry treatments that may help alleviate some of your tooth sensitivity. Dr. Leibowitz can also recommend fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes to help strengthen your tooth enamel.
Call your general dentist in Queens, Dr. Leibowitz at 718-728-8320 for more information. We proudly serve patients from Astoria, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and surrounding areas.