Those with sensitive teeth experience discomfort when exposed to drinks and beverages that are noticeably cold or hot. Tooth sensitivity can make enjoying your favorite beverages and foods uncomfortable.
There are a few reasons why a person might develop sensitive teeth. Sometimes tooth sensitivity is caused by permanent tooth enamel damage and receding gums. In other instances, untreated diseased and injured teeth may develop sensitivity. Tooth wear and failing restorations might cause sensitivity as well. Our dentist can treat tooth sensitivity after determining its underlying cause.
What are my treatment options?
If you have sensitive teeth, the type of treatment you receive will be based on your unique needs. For example, if your tooth sensitivity is caused by an old, leaking restoration, our dentist may recommend its replacement. Tooth wear might be another reason restorations are used. If teeth are permanently damaged by decay or injury, the tiny tubules within the dentin structure of teeth can carry debris and food particles to the nerve endings deep within teeth. As a response, the nerves may send pain signals to the brain.
Sometimes, a dentist might try to rectify sensitivity by sealing tooth enamel with a clear compound. Fluoride treatments can be used to strengthen tooth enamel as well. If enamel is permanently eroded, a restoration may be necessary to prevent painful symptoms and strengthen a damaged tooth. Restorations like fillings, inlays, and dental crowns can help give patients relief while protecting vital tooth structure.
What can I do to improve my comfort?
Tooth sensitivity can be mitigated with some home care practices. Toothpastes formulated specifically for sensitive teeth can help prevent irritants from reaching the nerve endings within a tooth by replenishing tooth enamel and blocking nerves from responding to inflammatory agents carried through dentin’s tubules.
Those with sensitive teeth should avoid brushing teeth with hard-bristled toothbrushes and abrasive toothpastes. Brushing teeth with abrasive pastes and a heavy hand can lead to developing enamel loss. Lastly, if your teeth are sensitive, letting foods and beverages reach a tolerable temperature can help with discomfort.
It is important to discuss tooth sensitivity with your oral healthcare provider. Call the office of Dr. Daniel Bush today to reserve an appointment.