When you enjoy ice cream do you fear the sharp pain that may accompany the chocolate flavour? Ice cream, cold or hot drinks and foods are luxuries that some people can't simply enjoy if their teeth are sensitive to temperature.
Dentin hypersensitivity is caused by stimulation of cells located in the dentin (the layer under your tooth enamel which can become exposed through wear and tear or dental maladies). When this happens, eating and drinking hot or cold foods and beverages, touching your teeth, often even exposing them to cold air can be painful.
We have options that will allow you to enjoy all of your favourite foods.
If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold, book an appointment for a diagnostic evaluation and to rule out more serious problems such as a cavity or abscess. If you have dentin hypersensitivity, we may seal the sensitive area or for less severe cases you may be prescribed a special fluoride gel or told to use one of several over-the-counter toothpastes for sensitive teeth containing potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.
If you have any apprehension with hot or cold foods, call our office today for a consultation, then stop for an ice cream on the way home, you'll be glad you did.