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Sensitive Teeth New York, NY

Did you know that according to the Academy of General Dentistry, at least 40 million adults suffer from sensitive teeth in the United States? Though common, sensitive teeth are difficult to ignore. A sensitive smile can mean a sharp, wincing pain when your teeth are exposed to extreme temperatures. This can make patients avoid ice cream, coffee, citrus or even the cold wind outside due to dental pain. While sensitive teeth can be temporary and not always a cause for alarm, it should never be ignored. Sensitivity can be a warning sign that your oral health is in danger and something needs to be fixed.

What Makes a Tooth Sensitive?

While your teeth are covered with the strongest substance in the human body, they still have delicate nerves at their center. In fact, just below the strong enamel layer is the dentin layer. Dentin is a softer substance that has numerous microscopic tubules or pathways that lead to the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is where your tooth nerves reside. Therefore, anything that compromises the enamel of your tooth or the gum tissue that covers the tooth root can make your tooth more exposed and more sensitive to outside elements such as heat, cold and acidic substances. The result is often a flash of sharp pain deep within the tooth.

What Causes Exposed Dentin and Sensitive Teeth?

Now that we know the circumstance that can make a tooth sensitive, it is important to understand what causes the exposed dentin in the first place. This can vary from patient to patient, but determining the cause of sensitive teeth is critical to finding an effective solution. In most cases, your uncomfortable teeth can be treated and the sensitivity relieved.

The following are factors that can compromise your enamel and gums and cause teeth sensitivity:

  • Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Gum recession
  • Gingivitis
  • Cracked, chipped or fractured teeth
  • Excessive teeth grinding or clenching
  • Cavities
  • Excessive or long-term use of acidic mouthwash
  • Acidic foods
  • Teeth whitening (not overseen by a dentist)

Ways to Solve a Sensitive Smile

As mentioned previously, your sensitive tooth or teeth will be fixed according to what is causing the pain. Some patients can find a remedy at home by using desensitizing toothpaste, a softer-bristled toothbrush or fluoride mouthwash. Avoiding acidic drinks and foods can also be important to prevent further sensitivity.

When sensitive teeth can’t be relieved on your own, you should enlist your dentist for professional help. Depending on the determined cause of your sensitive teeth, a dentist can offer the following treatments to restore comfort to your smile:

  • Dental bonding
  • Filling, inlays or crowns
  • Fluoride gel or varnish
  • Surgical gum graft
  • Root canal therapy and crown
  • Dental sealants for exposed tooth roots
  • Mouthguard for nighttime bruxism

It is also smart to recognize if your sensitivity is getting worse or staying the same, as this can help guide your treatment plan. Enamel doesn’t grow back on its own, but there are effective ways to rebuild your outer tooth layer so that your tooth nerves stay protected.

Your Teeth Shouldn’t Hurt

Are you tired of drinking lukewarm coffee or declining ice cream with your family due to sensitive teeth? It may not be a condition you have to live with, and it may not be something that takes a costly procedure. Patients of all ages, ethnicities and gender are susceptible to enamel damage and gum issues that lead to sensitive teeth. If your smile is not comfortable, don’t dismiss it. It could be your teeth trying to tell you that there is infection, decay or tooth damage. While mild sensitivity is not cause for a dental emergency, if you experience sudden tooth pain of any kind without cause, please schedule a same day dental appointment. At Group Health Dental, we are equipped to fix sensitive teeth. We have talented dentists who strongly value the importance of a healthy and comfortable smile through all phases of life. Contact us today to learn more about treatment for sensitive teeth.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

230 W 41st St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9690


Monday - Friday - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Our Patient Reviews

Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).


I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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