Rotramel Family Dentistry

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Services/Restorative Dentistry

Dr. George Rotramel Family Dental

Sensitive Teeth Keeping your teeth pain-free

What are sensitive teeth? Teeth are sensitive if they often hurt when they are exposed to cold or to air. You may also feel discomfort or a sudden flash of pain when eating sweet, acidic, or hot foods. The pain your feel may be due to receding gums, worn tooth enamel, or worn root surfaces. Healthy teeth are protected by strong enamel and good gums.

How teeth become sensitive

When enamel erodes or gums recede, dentin can be exposed. Dentin is the layer of the tooth that is normally covered by the enamel and gums. The most common cause of sensitive teeth is exposed dentin. Dentin is connected to the nerve that triggers pain in sensitive teeth.


See your dentist if you have sensitive, painful teeth. Your dentist will examine your teeth, determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity, and recommend a proper treatment plan.

Your dental exam

Your dentist will check your teeth for sensitivity to cold, air, or heat. Let him or her know if you eat foods that are high in acid. Also, mention any stomach problems you may have that bring acid into your mouth. Your dentist will also look inside your mouth to check for decayed teeth, or teeth worn by improper brushing. If needed, x-rays are taken. You may also be checked for signs of teeth grinding or clenching.

Treatment options

You may start out with a special oral hygiene program for home care. But your dentist may also suggest professional treatment.

Home care

Your dentist may suggest that you follow an oral hygiene program at home. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. If any roots are exposed, you may be asked to use a special toothpaste. This toothpaste makes teeth less sensitive. Your dentist may also suggest that you try a fluoride rinse or gel. Cleaning all parts of your teeth and mouth helps prevent tooth sensitivity and decay.

Professional treatment

Depending on how sensitive your teeth are, your dentist may suggest professional treatment. He or she may:

Keeping teeth pain-free

You can help keep your teeth pain-free. Try the following tips.

When brushing

When flossing

When eating

Limit foods and liquids that are high in acid, such as citrus fruits, fruit juices, and sports drinks. They can harm your enamel and dentin.

Avoid teeth grinding and clenching

Follow-up visits

Know that your teeth can become sensitive again. So, be sure to follow your home-care treatment plan. Also schedule regular dental examinations. By working with your dentist, you can help keep your teeth pain-free.


Consultant: W. Stephan Eakle, DDS
With contributions by: Carl M. Block, DDS; Gretchen J. Bruce, DDS; Robert L. Mason, DDS
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