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If you have ever experienced a sudden pain when eating ice cream or sipping warm tea, you are not alone. Sudden tooth pain is one of the most common dental conditions Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. Priyanka Dutt encounter at Christiansburg Dental in Christiansburg, Virginia.

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 or even just exposing your teeth to cold air.

To help relieve tooth sensitivity, we advise using a desensitizing toothpaste and brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It will also help to limit soft drinks and acidic foods to minimize further enamel erosion.

Furthermore, our dentists might advise the following:

– 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.

Do you need help with your sensitive teeth? We can help! Please call 540-257-6995 and schedule an appointment for pain relief. Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. Priyanka Dutt at Christiansburg Dental in Christiansburg, Virginia, want to help restore your happy smile!