Published: 04/13/2017

You start to drink a sip of cool ice water, and before you know it, you’re grabbing the side of your cheek. Your teeth are throbbing from the cold. What’s wrong?

This is a common occurrence for those with sensitive teeth in Rockville, MD and around the world. It can lead to a host of issues, including avoidance of foods and beverages that are extremely hot, cold or sweet.

Rather than completely redo your diet, why not get to the root of the issue?

Could Gum Disease Be the Culprit?

Many times, patients initially call periodontists because their sensitive teeth won’t stop hurting. At this point, it’s up to the periodontists and their team members to skillfully assess whether the problem could be the start of gum disease.

Gum disease is a progressive condition whereby bacteria build up in the periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums. Over time, the bacteria eat away at healthy soft and hard tissues, leaving gums weakened and teeth and tooth roots unprotected.

Gum recession, which is when the gums pull away from the teeth, usually happens in the first stages of gum disease, leaving nerves exposed. This is the reason it feels awful when you try to indulge in your favorite dishes. Your nerve endings are screaming out for you to get help.

How to End Gum Recession

If your periodontist determines you do have gum disease, treatment and management can begin right away. Your treatment plan may include minimally-invasive procedures such as the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, which offers an immediate fix for receding gums without the need for cutting or sutures.

To learn more about gum disease and your health, please contact our office to set up a consultation. Dr. Rice and his team would be pleased to share their knowledge and help.

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