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Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (admin@blakeneysmiles.com), one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.

Best,

Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

How Hot and Cold Temperatures Cause Tooth Sensitivity

By Dr. Pinnix on March 08, 2017

A man with a sore toothA sore tooth can be a source of serious discomfort. The tooth may not be sore all the time, but may only feel sensitive, tender, or painful when it's exposed to hot or cold substances. Many patients who come to our Charlotte restorative dentistry center have asked us why that is.

Let's take a moment to explore the issue of temperature-related tooth sensitivity. To understand why tooth sensitivity happens, it may be helpful to discuss the anatomy of a tooth first.

The Anatomy of a Tooth

The basic structure of a tooth has three layers:

  • The topmost layer of the tooth is comprised of tooth enamel, which is one of the hardest substances in the human body.

  • The next layer of the tooth is comprised of dentin, which is a porous material. The pores in the dentin are known as dentinal tubules.

  • The interior of the tooth is hollow and filled with a substance known as dental pulp. Dental pulp is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

Given this structure, any time there is access to the structure under the tooth enamel, this can potentially cause sensitivity and discomfort.

Why Temperature Makes a Difference

The dentinal tubules are in place to help people recognize pressure as they bite and chew as well as temperatures in the mouth. While room temperature foods and beverages will not trigger dental pain or tooth sensitivity, extreme in temperature (hot and cold) can lead people to notice soreness and sensitivity of their teeth.

Teeth Whitening Side Effects

Teeth whitening is a common cause of hot/cold tooth sensitivity. During teeth whitening treatment, the bleaching agent penetrates the enamel layer of the teeth and affects the dentin. This makes the dentinal tubules especially sensitive, leading to heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. A bowl of hot soup or a cold glass of water can lead to pain if you aren't careful.

Dealing with Sensitivity from Teeth Whitening

Thankfully the tooth sensitivity from teeth whitening is just temporary, lasting only a day or so. The best way to deal with this temporary teeth whitening is to eat foods that are lukewarm or are at room temperature for a day or so after teeth whitening treatment.

If you are using at-home teeth whitening products, be sure to follow instructions to the letter. This will help minimize the amount of tooth sensitivity you experience.

Tooth Decay, Fractures, and Acidic Erosion

Anything that damages tooth enamel is bad for your dental health for a number of reasons. There are three serious issues that can expose tooth enamel and result in tooth sensitivity:

  • Tooth Decay – Tooth decay refers to the damage done to the teeth by the oral bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth.

  • Acidic Erosion – Acidic erosion is the weakening of the tooth enamel caused by an acidic pH in the mouth.

  • Dental Fractures – Fractures refer to chips and cracks that are caused by physical trauma or injury to the tooth.

Each of the above can lead to major dental pain in addition to sensitivity depending on the extent of the issue.

Dealing with Sensitivity from Decay, Erosion, Fractures

The best way to address sensitivity caused by decay, erosion, and fractures is to visit your dentist for professional treatments. There are many different restorative dentistry options that may prove helpful in reducing sensitivity and improving the health of your teeth.

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

For more information about tooth sensitivity and how it can be dealt with, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these issues in greater detail.

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