Friday, January 19, 2018

Does Drinking Cold Water Hurt? You May Be Suffering from Sensitive Teeth - Miami Dentist Discusses Ways to Deal With Tooth Sensitivity

South Miami Dentist, Dr. Papiernik, on sensitive teeth. 
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Is that ice cream or cold glass of water causing you to jump? Maybe a sip of hot coffee can sometimes be a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing hurt? If you answered yes to any of these, you may suffer from sensitive teeth. Some of the possible causes for sensitive teeth include:
  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth root
  • Trauma
Your teeth usually have a layer of enamel that protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin.Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity to certain things.


There is good news though. Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing your specific sensitivity. Some of these treatments include:

Special desensitizing toothpaste. These special toothpastes usually contain compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. They may take several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.

Fluoride gel application. This is an in-office procedure that actually strengthens the tooth enamel. The result is reduced the transmission of sensations and less sensitivity.


Dental crown, inlay or bonding. These are dental restorations that correct a flaw or decay. The ultimate result is reduced sensitivity or even no sensitivity at all.

Gum graft. This is a surgical option that replaces gum tissue that has been lost from the root.  This will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.

Root canal. Sometimes when sensitivity is severe and persistent and you have tried other options, a root canal may be the solution. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain.


Make an appointment with our office today if you have sensitive teeth. Many times simple changes as changing your toothbrush or adjusting your hygiene routine are enough to diminish tooth sensitivity. However, it is good to know that there are many options available to reduce sensitive teeth.

Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistry cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, and restorative dentistry.
South Miami Dentist.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
find the best dentist in Coral Gables, Florida for you, call our office. Dr. Papiernik serves patients from South Miami, Miami, Pinecrest, Kendall, Coral Gables, and all of South Florida.
Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100
http://www.miamismiledental.com