Jeffrey J Tibbs DDS PA
Dr. Jeffrey J. Tibbs

What is tooth sensitivity and why do I have it?

Do you notice a sharp pain when you take a bite of ice cream or a sip of coffee? Is tooth brushing and flossing a painful procedure? If so, you are not alone; some surveys show that one in eight Americans deals with tooth sensitivity.

Some causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Worn fillings
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Fractured teeth
  • Gum recession

When your teeth are healthy, the outer layer of enamel protects the visible part of your tooth (the crown). Beneath the gum, a layer of material called cementum shields the root of the tooth. Under these two layers is a material called dentin.

If you want to avoid dealing with sensitive teeth, proper oral hygiene is essential. You can speak to Dr. Tibbs about your concerns, and after he performs a thorough exam, he may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste that blocks pain sensations between the surface of your tooth and the nerve. An in-office fluoride application is a treatment that strengthens enamel, or we may suggest a crown or bonding to build up worn portions of your tooth.

Tooth sensitivity is common and usually easy to treat. If you have sensitive teeth, please call our practice to arrange an appointment so we can find the solution you need to relieve your discomfort!