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If eating ice cream or sipping hot cocoa leaves you cringing in pain, you are not alone. Sudden, sharp tooth pain is one of the most common dental conditions we encounter at Lexington Heights Dental in Cedar Hills, Utah.

How can eating your favorite food and beverages make your teeth hurt? Well, 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 to temperature extremes.

To help relieve your tooth sensitivity, we advocate using a desensitizing toothpaste and brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Also, limit consuming soft drinks and acidic foods to protect from further enamel erosion. Dr. John R. Lohner and Dr. James “Jimmer” C. Standring might also 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.

If you would like to find relief from ongoing tooth sensitivity, please come in and let Dr. John R. Lohner or Dr. James “Jimmer” C. Standring help. Call our Lexington Heights Dental team in Cedar Hills, Utah, at 801-756-2006 and let us help you find joy in eating your favorite food again!