Don’t feel like you’re alone if you occasionally experience pain when you eat hot or cold food or sometimes when you brush your teeth. Many people feel the effects of sensitive teeth to one degree or another, and there are several ways to effectively deal with this problem.

Hypersensitivity in the mouth occurs when the dentin underneath the protective layers of your teeth and roots becomes exposed and allows hot or cold food and drinks to hit the nerves inside your teeth. Receding gums and tooth decay are major culprits, along with exposed tooth roots and worn tooth enamel and fillings.

So you may be wondering what can be done to cure your sensitive teeth. Well, the first step involves determining what’s causing your problem. A visit to Dr. Michael R. Errico DDS, FAGD, FICOI, PC & Associates will help establish the exact source of your sensitivity— and better yet— help determine the best solution to alleviating your pain.

One solution for your specific pain could simply involve the use of desensitizing toothpaste, which helps to block the transmission of hot or cold sensations to the nerves of the teeth. Dr. Errico might also apply a fluoride gel to strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce the possibility of sensations reaching the nerves. Other solutions involve crowns, inlays, bonding, surgical gum grafts, and root canals, depending on the severity of the problem.

Your sensitive teeth are letting you know something is wrong, so be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Errico before the problem gets worse. Just visit or call 847-788-0808 and take the first step toward dealing with your sensitive teeth. New patients should visit to fill out our New Patient forms.

Dr. Errico’s Rolling Meadows dental office is located at 3315 Algonquin Rd., Suite 105, and his professional staff welcomes patients from all over the northwest Chicago suburbs, including Wheeling, Hoffman EstatesArlington HeightsPalatineElk Grove Village, and Schaumburg.

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If you’re currently pregnant or planning to have a baby in the near future, it is especially important to pay close attention to your dental health. Regular dental visits during your pregnancy are generally safe unless you have a medical condition or high-risk pregnancy.

Your overall health is important to maintain during this exciting time in your life, and good oral hygiene plays an essential role is keeping you healthy. Be sure to eat a balanced diet, brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day. Are you experiencing morning sickness and vomiting? You can protect your teeth from stomach acid by rinsing your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water.

Scheduling a visit to Dr. Michael R. Errico DDS, FAGD, FICOI, PC & Associates can help you avoid any dental issues and ensure you stay healthy during your pregnancy. Be sure to let Dr. Errico know if you are experiencing any difficulties or have any medical issues that may affect your dental health.

To schedule an appointment, call 847-788-0808 or visit New patient can visit to fill out our convenient New Patient forms.

Want to stop in for a visit or more information? Our Rolling Meadows dental office is located at 3315 Algonquin Rd., Suite 105. Dr. Errico welcomes patients from all over the northwest Chicago suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Wheeling, Palatine, and Schaumburg.

Dr. Michael R. ErricoDDS, FICOI, FAGD, PC & Associates located near Arlington Heights, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Wheeling. Best Dentist Near You.



On May 10, 2015, Dr. Mike spent some quality time with his daughter and nephew. Together they competed in the Tough Mudder held in Richmond, Illinois. Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Tough Mudder puts camaraderie over finisher rankings and is not a timed race, but a team challenge that allows participants to experience exhilarating, yet safe, world-class obstacles they won’t find anywhere else. These mud events are designed by British Special Forces to challenge the toughest of the tough! Dr. Mike said that his daughter and nephew were two of the youngest competing! They persevered through mud, water, wind and the cold. We congratulate them on a job well done!



A more soothing sound in the dentist’s chair. An alternative to the drill helps lessen patient anxiety and fear.

The dreaded shrill of the drill …

Dr. Michael Errico, dentist: “Traditional drill with the air driven turbine that you hear that high pitch whine that everybody gets a little anxious over.”

The traditional tool still sits in Dr. Michael Errico’s dental office, but he offers patients an alternative.

Dr. Errico: “This actually uses light energy, and what the light energy does is penetrates through the tooth structure.”

It’s a laser that first numbs the tooth.

Dr. Errico: “We’ll use a little topical around the gum tissue. So what I tell people with this is you’re going to hear more of a buzz, kind of like a bumblebee. We have a frequency that will be on the tooth and we’ll hold it there for a minute to two minutes and that light energy at a certain frequency will penetrate through to the nerve and confuse it.”

Once the nerve signal to the brain is scrambled, a change in frequency allows Dr. Errico to cut through the enamel.

Dr. Errico: “And as we change the frequency it sounds more like popcorn. When you hear the more popping, the energy is lying on the tooth longer and that’s where you get the ablation. For children it’s fantastic. For that person that’s anxious or has anxiety — they don’t like the sound of the drill — it really makes them nervous and freaks them out, so this is an alternative to it.”

Even a former boxer appreciates the gentler touch – David Diaz is in for a quick cavity fix.

David Diaz, patient: “You hear a little bit, but it’s not the dreadful kind. You can kind of feel, right, but it’s not that pulsating you normally get. It was actually very easy and comfortable.”

Dr. Errico: “There’s no vibration. There’s no heat transfer so it turns out to be less aggressive and less invasive for the patient, and it is very comfortable.”

Dr. Errico also uses the laser drill for some dental surgeries – with less bleeding and faster healing time.

Alternative to the dreaded shrill of the dentist drill

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