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Dealing with a Sensitive Smile?

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Tooth sensitivity can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition that affects many individuals. If you cringe when enjoying your favorite hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we can help patients understand the various causes of tooth sensitivity and provide valuable insights into effective treatment options.

Understanding Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, occurs when the underlying layer of dentin becomes exposed. Dentin contains microscopic tubules that lead to the tooth’s nerve center, making it susceptible to external stimuli such as temperature, pressure, or acidic substances. When the dentin is exposed, these stimuli can trigger sharp, temporary pain or discomfort.

Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Unfortunately, there are several factors that can lead to sensitive teeth, some of which may be in your control and others that are not. Dr. Morris will consider the following culprits when treating your dental sensitivity:

  • Tooth Enamel Erosion: Acidic foods, frequent consumption of carbonated drinks, and stomach acid reflux can erode the protective enamel layer, leading to dentin exposure and sensitivity.
  • Gum Recession: When gums recede, the tooth roots become exposed, which lack the protective enamel covering and contain sensitive nerve endings.
  • Brushing Technique: Aggressive toothbrushing or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can wear away enamel and contribute to sensitivity.
  • Dental Decay: Cavities and tooth decay can expose the dentin, causing sensitivity.
  • Teeth Grinding: Habitual teeth grinding or clenching can wear down enamel and expose dentin.
  • Dental Procedures: Some dental treatments, such as teeth whitening or dental restorations, may cause temporary sensitivity.

Treatment Options for Tooth Sensitivity

The good news is that you don’t have to live with sensitive teeth. Depending on the cause of your sensitive tooth, we can recommend one or more of the following to help you regain your smile comfort:

  • Desensitizing Toothpaste: Specialized desensitizing toothpaste containing compounds like potassium nitrate or fluoride can help reduce sensitivity over time.
  • Soft-Bristled Toothbrush: Switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush and adopting a gentle brushing technique can help prevent further enamel erosion.
  • Fluoride Application: In-office fluoride treatments or prescribed fluoride gels can strengthen enamel and reduce sensitivity.
  • Dental Bonding or Sealants: Applying dental bonding or sealants to exposed tooth surfaces can provide a barrier and alleviate sensitivity.
  • Gum Grafting: In cases of severe gum recession, a gum graft procedure can restore gum tissue, cover exposed roots, and reduce sensitivity.
  • Dental Restoration: If tooth decay or damaged restorations are causing sensitivity, your dentist may recommend appropriate treatments such as fillings or dental crowns.
  • Avoiding Acidic Foods and Drinks: Limiting the consumption of acidic foods and drinks can help prevent enamel erosion and reduce sensitivity.
  • Night Guards: If teeth grinding is contributing to sensitivity, wearing a custom-fitted night guard can protect teeth from further damage.

Ways to Prevent a Sensitive Smile

  • Maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine of gentle brushing and flossing.
  • Use a fluoridated mouthwash to strengthen enamel.
  • Limit acidic foods and drinks and rinse your mouth with water afterward.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.

Tooth sensitivity can significantly impact your daily life and enjoyment of food. By understanding the causes and available treatment options, you can take proactive steps to address tooth sensitivity and find relief.

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, consult with Dr. Mitzi Morris in Roswell. We can provide a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort and restore your smile’s comfort and confidence. Remember, a healthy and pain-free smile is within reach!

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our Patient Reviews

Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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