Gum Line Recession Can Cause Issues With Dental Sensitivity

People who develop issues with dental sensitivity can find that foods and drinks they once enjoyed are difficult to consume. Sensitivity issues can be triggered by hot and cold products, as well as by items that are higher in sugar. Even if the problem is not painful throughout the day, those bursts of discomfort can quickly become frustrating. There are several issues that can lead to dental sensitivity. One possible cause is gum line recession. When your periodontal tissues move, they can expose more of your tooth structure. Unfortunately, the portions that are exposed have less natural protection, which can make them more sensitive. At our Seattle, WA dentist's office, patients who are bothered by this issue can discuss their concerns at their next routine dental exam. We can determine if gum line recession is an issue, or find out if another problem is responsible.

What Connects Dental Sensitivity To A Receding Gum Line?

When your gums recede, they exposes portions of a tooth that tend to stay covered by periodontal tissues. These portions of teeth lack the protection that the crown of a tooth (the area that always stays above the gum line) possesses. When exposed, these areas can react more strongly to temperature extremes, or to higher amounts of sugar.

Avoid Issues That Lead To Gum Line Recession

While gum line recession is not the only issue that causes dental sensitivity, it is a problem you should avoid. After all, it also makes a person more susceptible to gingivitis, and it can have an undesirable effect on your appearance. Problems with gingivitis may be the reason for your recession. Genetic factors, habitual teeth grinding, and even a problem with aggressive brushing can also be responsible.

A Single Sensitive Tooth Could Be Affected By Decay

If sensitivity is localized, it could be a sign of tooth decay. When a cavity grows enough to infect your tooth's inner chamber (the pulp), bacteria create discomfort by attacking the living tissues within. Through root canal treatment and the placement of a dental crown, we can put a stop to this problem. Your custom crown can protect you against further problems with discomfort by absorbing bite pressure on your restored tooth's behalf, and by keeping bacteria from gathering and causing new problems.

Discuss Dental Sensitivity With Your Seattle, WA Dentist

At our Seattle, WA dentist's office, patients who grow concerned about dental sensitivity can arrange an appointment to discuss the nature of their problem. After we identify the issue, we can recommend the appropriate response to put sensitivity issues behind you! We can also help you avoid future problems by offering dedicated preventive care. To find out more about our services, please call Ballard Neighborhood Dentist in Seattle, WA today at 206-789-2555.

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