New & Current Patients: 757-564-0804

Tooth Sensitivity

There are many possible reasons you might be experiencing tooth sensitivity. Drinking or eating anything that is too cold, hot, or sweet may cause you pain. Something as normal as touching your teeth with your tongue or biting down can also cause discomfort. The trigger of your sensitivity, the teeth it affects, and the sensation that accompanies the sensitivity are all factors we consider when performing an examination. Tooth sensitivity could be a sign of an underlying oral health concern, but we’re here to ease your pain—and your worries. Contact Norge Dental Center in Williamsburg to make an appointment.

Types of Tooth Sensitivity

A twinge of pain in one or more of your teeth may be the result of sensitivity—what kind is an important distinction. There are two types of tooth sensitivity: dentinal and pulpal. Dentinal sensitivity involves the dentin—the middle layer of the tooth. The protective layer of enamel or cementum wears away, exposing the dentin. This type can affect one or more teeth.

Causes of Dental Sensitivity:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Long-term tooth wear
  • Cracked filling
  • Untreated cavities
  • Receding gums that expose the tooth’s root
  • Tooth whitening
  • Over consumption of acidic food and drink
The second type is pulpal sensitivity, which is a reaction of the tooth’s pulp. This type usually affects only a single tooth.

Causes of Pulpal Sensitivity:

  • Decay or infection
  • Recent filling
  • Pressure caused by clenching and grinding
  • Cracked or broken tooth

How Norge Dental Center Helps Treat Your Tooth Sensitivity

Your dentist will perform a thorough examination and clean your teeth. If your teeth are too sensitive, you have the option of a local anesthetic or nitrous oxide prior to the cleaning. Other follow-up treatments may include:
  • Fluoride Varnish: Your dentist may apply this to protect your teeth and temporarily reduce sensitivity.
  • Dental Laser: A modern treatment for sensitivity involves using a laser to alter the tubules of your teeth and reduce sensitivity.
  • Root Canal: With pulpal sensitivity, your dentist may recommend a root canal if the tooth’s nerve sustains damage or dies. We remove the dead nerve and replace it with a nonreactive substance. And because a complete barrier of enamel no longer protects the tooth, the restoration necessitates a crown or composite filling.
  • Plastic Night Guard: For sensitivity caused by grinding or clenching, your dentist can provide you with a plastic night guard for use while you sleep.


We have a room reserved for patients new to Norge Dental Center and the Williamsburg, Virginia, area. Come see us!

Book an appointment with our dentists today

Call Now Button