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Summer Heat...Cold sensitive teeth?

Happy Summer!

Tooth sensitivity may occur as minor dental discomfort or as a painful sign of a more serious issue.

It usually feels like a sharp or shooting pain through your teeth like a "tooth brain freeze.”

Tooth sensitivity triggered by temperature tends to occur when a tooth’s outer protective layer, the enamel, is damaged.

Enamel covers the parts of a tooth above the gums. A loss of enamel can expose the deeper layer of the tooth called dentin. Dentin has pores that communicate with the interior nerve of the tooth. That's why heat and cold stimulate the nerves.

The layer covering the root, called cementum, can be exposed and cause sensitivity due to receding gums.

Common causes of enamel loss that create discomfort with heat or cold include:

For heat-and-cold-related tooth discomfort caused by a chronic underlying problem, the discomfort will likely recur when eating and drinking — unless the underlying cause is corrected.

A dental examination will help diagnose the underlying problem and a plan to treat the issue.

Give us a call with questions and a free consultation to see how we can help!

Kari L. Sakurai , D.D.S. Dr. Sakurai is on staff at UCLA Medical Center, St. John's Health, SM-UCLA Orthopedic Hospital, and at LAC+USC as Assistant Adjunct Professor of Clinical Dentistry. With over 25 years of clinical experience and teaching at cutting edge, Universities helps us deliver the evidence-based technology care to our patients.

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