My Teeth Hurt When I Drink Cold Water
Many patients come to Dr. Nugent and tell him that their teeth hurt when they eat or drink something cold. And while there are many possible reasons for teeth to hurt in this situation, the most likely offender is gum recession. Fortunately, recession is a dental problem that can often be easily managed or fixed.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession is the process by which the gum tissue surrounding a tooth (or teeth) start to shrink downward, away from the top of the crown of the tooth and down toward the root of the tooth. Patients with gum recession often complain that their teeth are “more yellow near the gumline” or “look longer”. These patients are absolutely correct. The reason the tooth looks more yellow is because the root surface is darker than the top of the tooth that is visible above the gumline.
What Causes Gum Recession?
There are many causes for gum recession, and it’s vital that you visit our Pasadena Dental Office so we can make a diagnosis of the cause. Sometimes recession is caused by seemingly innocent things such as brushing your teeth to vigorously, or by using a hard toothbrush (always use a soft toothbrush). Additionally, gum recession can be from trauma, large or bulky fillings or crowns, and even periodontal disease.
What to do Next?
Not everyone with gum recession has sensitivity or pain, but for patients who do, we encourage you to call and set up and appointment with Dr. Nugent to help make the pain go away. Regardless of the cause of your gum recession, it’s time that you started enjoying ice cream again. Call our office today at 713-941-8261. We invite you to see why our dental office is the number one ranked dental office in Pasadena. We are located at 3421 Burke Rd, Ste A, Pasadena, Texas.