Sensitive teeth may be just a nuisance, but the problem can get worse and worse over time. Even if you use sensitive toothpaste and take great care of your teeth, sensitivity can eventually turn into serious pain. If you have sensitive teeth, you should schedule an appointment with your Houston dentist to discuss a root canal, which can put an end to the discomfort.

Causes of Sensitive Teeth

There are many causes of sensitive teeth, and most are related to damaged enamel and exposed roots. Tooth decay, one of the most common causes of sensitive teeth, causes small holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. When the enamel wears down, it exposes the dentin, which is very sensitive.

Brushing your teeth too hard can also wear down your enamel, exposing the sensitive layer underneath. You only need to brush with very slight pressure to remove plaque, and you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Acid erosion is another common cause of tooth sensitivity. Acidic foods like lemons, pickles, and tomatoes can erode your enamel and eat away at your teeth. GERD and acid reflux can also contribute to acid erosion.

Gum disease can cause sensitive teeth as well. When you have gum disease, bacteria builds up in your gum pockets, destroys your healthy tissue, and exposes your tooth roots. Gum disease is a serious issue that can lead to severe pain and sensitivity.

How Root Canals Work

All of the issues that lead to tooth sensitivity can also cause infection. Usually, the sensitivity will turn into pain when the tooth becomes infected. A root canal is the best way to treat an infected tooth.

Your Houston dentist will start the root canal procedure by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. Then, they’ll remove the infected tooth pulp, which will eliminate the pain. After removing the pulp, your dentist will clean the area to prevent another infection and fill in your tooth with another substance. Lastly, they’ll place a crown or filling over the tooth to protect the area.

If you have sensitive or painful teeth, you may need a root canal to fix the problem. Schedule an appointment with Sinada Dental right away to end the pain and discomfort.

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