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If you get sharp pains in your teeth when drinking hot or cold beverages, you are not alone? Tooth sensitivity is a common dental health problem experienced by many individuals and can be caused by a variety of factors. However common, you should not ignore tooth sensitivity. This symptom may be trying to give you important information about your dental health. Read on to find out more about tooth sensitivity and its causes.

If your teeth are sensitive to heat and cold and seem to ache all over, this can be an indication that the protective covering on your teeth (dentin) has been worn away leaving your teeth and/or tooth roots exposed to stimuli. This wearing away of the protective coating (enamel) on your teeth can be caused by consuming highly acidic foods such as wine, citrus fruits and juices, sports drinks and energy drinks. It can also be caused by prolonged exposure to stomach acids as a result of uncontrolled acid reflux or bulimia. In this case, your dentist may recommend special toothpastes, rinses or other products that treat tooth sensitivity. There are also some products on the market that can be used to strengthen your teeth’s enamel. If your tooth erosion is being caused by bulimia or acid reflux, your dentist may recommend that you visit your doctor and get treatment for the underlying medical condition that is causing your symptoms.

If you have a sharp pain in a specific tooth, this could be a sign of tooth decay or infection. In this case, it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. You may need a simple dental filling to treat a cavity. However, if the decay has progressed to the point of weakening the structure of the tooth, you may require a dental crown. If the nerve and pulp on the inside of the tooth is infected, root canal therapy may be needed to remove the infected portion and seal the tooth to prevent further infection. Failure to seek timely treatment for an infected tooth can lead to more serious and painful dental problems including an abscessed tooth.

Ignoring tooth sensitivity and/or tooth pain can only lead to expensive and painful dental health problems. If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity in an individual tooth or all of your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today. After a thorough evaluation, you dentist can recommend the most appropriate method of treating your symptoms and the underlying cause of your pain.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 39 reviews

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123