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If eating ice cream or sipping coffee has you cringing in pain, you are not alone. Sudden tooth pain is one of the most common dental conditions Dr. David Jones and Dr. Priyanka Dutt encounter at Roanoke Dental Care in Roanoke, Virginia.

So why is this happening? 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.

If your tubules are exposed, you might experience sudden pain from eating or drinking cold or hot foods, and even just from inhaling cold air. 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.

Furthermore, Dr. David Jones and Dr. Priyanka Dutt might 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.

You don’t need to suffer from ongoing tooth sensitivity. If you would like to find relief, please come in and let Dr. David Jones or Dr. Priyanka Dutt help. Call Roanoke Dental Care in Roanoke, Virginia at 540-685-0105 and let us help you find joy in eating your favorite food again!