Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin

208 461-2600 or Email Me Anytime

351 West Iowa • Nampa, Idaho 83686

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth

Causes and Treatments

When drinking a cold drink or having a sugary sweet treat, do you get those “zingers” that make your toes curl? You may have a common tooth problem called “sensitive teeth”. Tooth decay, cracks in teeth, worn down teeth and fillings as well as exposed root surfaces are some common reasons for sensitivity. 

Our teeth above the gum line are covered with a substance called enamel and is the strongest substance in the body. The roots of your teeth below the gum line are covered in cementum, not enamel. The layer underneath enamel and cementum is called dentin and is not as strong as the other layers.

Dentin contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes). When your gums recede and the cementum is exposed, the tubules allow heat and cold, or sticky sweet or acidic foods to stimulate the nerves in the tooth and can register as pain or discomfort. Sometimes, just berating in cold air can cause this discomfort.

Good oral hygiene and thorough cleaning of the teeth help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease and pain from sensitive teeth. Regular checkups are important to detect if your sensitivity is from decay, gum disease or other contributing factors in order for us to help you treat the sensitivity in the early stages.

Here at Brookside Dental, if we find that your sensitivity is caused form recession alone, we may recommend desensitizing toothpaste which contains ingredients that help with blocking the sensation from traveling from the tooth surface to the nerve. Sometimes we combing treatments with some in office treatments. We have very good results with a material we use that “seals” the root surface and gives relief for as long as six months.

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Office Hours

Office Hours:
8:00 – 5:00 Monday-Thursday
9:00-12:00 Friday's
Call: (208) 461.2600 or email for an Appointment

Office Location

Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin, DMD
351 West Iowa
Nampa, Idaho 83686