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If your teeth hurt when you sip hot coffee or inhale a breath of cold air, you are not alone. Sudden tooth pain is one of the most common dental conditions we see at Rice Dentistry of Nellysford in Nellysford, Virginia. Our dentists, Drs. Jennifer and James Rice, can help you with any tooth sensitivity issues you may have.

You see, beneath your tooth enamel lie tiny tubes in the tissue of the dentin carrying fluid to the nerves. When this 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 might 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, we recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste, and when you brush, please brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Also, try limiting 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 would like help treating sensitive teeth, we invite you to call 434-218-7020 and schedule an appointment. Drs. Jennifer and James Rice and our Rice Dentistry of Nellysford team of professionals in Nellysford, Virginia, we want to help you have a healthy, happy, pain-free smile!