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Don’t Be So Sensitive! - Tooth Sensitivity and Exposed Roots

By Stephen Rogers on September 06, 2016

A dentist with a model of a tooth hovering between his handsIf you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it could be a sign of a more serious oral health problem. There are many possible causes of tooth sensitivity, ranging from enamel erosion to chips and cracks in the teeth. While many of the causes of tooth sensitivity can be addressed through restorative dentistry treatments, those who suffer from tooth sensitivity must first realize that their condition is potentially serious and schedule an oral exam.

At Greater Long Island Dental, our team of experienced dental professionals is able to diagnose and treat the full range of oral health problems that could be contributing to your tooth sensitivity. This includes one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity among adults, exposed tooth roots. If you are dealing with tooth sensitivity and exposed roots, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our Long Island, NY cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice as soon as possible. Exposed tooth roots are generally the result of gum disease, a problem that can grow only worse over time and eventually lead to tooth loss. By treating the problem now, however, you can restore health to your mouth and bring your tooth sensitivity under control.

You don’t have to live with tooth sensitivity any longer. Schedule your initial consultation with one of our esteemed dentists by contacting Greater Long Island Dental today.

What Is the Cause of Exposed Tooth Roots?

By nature, tooth roots are not meant to be exposed to outside elements. Rather, they are supposed to be shielded by the periodontal tissues, or the gums. This is one of the many reasons that our dentists stress proper at-home oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings and periodontal screenings to our patients. Taking care of the gums is essential to maintaining good oral health.

Unfortunately, the reason that gum disease is the most common disease in the United States is that most people do not take proper care of their gums. Furthermore, among those who suffer from gum disease, too few seek treatment for the condition in its earliest stages, when it easiest to treat and manage. When left untreated, gingivitis - the initial stage of gum disease - will progress into its more severe form, periodontitis. During this stage, the gums literally pull away from the teeth, which is how the tooth roots become exposed. Bacteria take refuge inside the pockets that form between the gums and the teeth, leading to further damage. At this point, treatment is still possible, but time is definitely of the essence. Eventually, the tooth will be lost if treatment is not sought.

Tooth sensitivity should not be considered a small issue or something that you simply have to live with. Instead, you should consider it a symptom of a potentially much larger issue - one that, thankfully, can be treated if you take your tooth sensitivity seriously.

Learn More about Tooth Sensitivity and Exposed Roots

To learn more about tooth sensitivity and exposed tooth roots, please contact Greater Long Island Dental today.

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