Sensetive tooth – What to do

Do you have sensitive teeth?

Do you feel pain when you have  ice cream or hot coffee? Is brushing and flossing painful for you? If the answer is YES, you may have sensitive teeth. Dental Sensitivity is a common problem , Do Not Worry but lets see what can be done about it!

Many factors are involved to make your teeth more sensitive:

Exposed Tooth Root (due to brushing hard, Gum recession)

Gum disease

Worn fillings

Worn Tooth Enamel

Tooth Decay

Cracked Tooth

A strong layer of enamel protects the crowns of the teeth. Another layer which is called the cementum protects the tooth under the gum line. Under these two layers, the dentin exists. The dentin is a part of the tooth which is less dense than enamel and cementum.

There are some canals and hollows at the dentin. In sensitive teeth, the cover of the dentin is poor and resulting in direction of heat, cold and acidic foods to the nerves and cells of the tooth. That is why you feel uncomfortable when you chew, drink cold and hot beverage or when you breath with your mouth.

Having proper oral hygiene will help a lot to prevent tooth cavities and sensitive teeth. Gum disease and exposed tooth root are results of brushing your teeth incorrectly and aggressively. Therefore, always try to brush gently!

Periodontal disease which is a gum and bone disease may be one of the reasons you have sensitive teeth. If the patient leaves the disease untreated, gum will separate from the teeth and makes spaces called pockets. These pockets provide good conditions for bacteria to live in. Periodontal disease can develop until bone is effected and other parts of tooth will be destroyed, as a result you will have exposed tooth surface which is sensitive. Try to have your teeth regularly checked as any small cavity or gum issue will be detected in early stages. Thus, you are able to solve and treat these problems at early stages.

Treatment for teeth sensitivity

The treatment of sensitive teeth is easy. Your dentist will suggest desensitising toothpaste , which has special elements to block the sensation way from the surface to the nerve of the tooth. The type of desensitising toothpaste recommended to you depends on the cause of your teeth sensitivity. You may need several applications before the reduction of the sensitivity.

If you still have sensitivity after using desensitising toothpaste, the dentist may suggest other treatments such as fluoride treatment. It includes a fluoride gel or a special desensitising agent that will be applied to the sensitive parts of the tooth. However, if these treatments does not ease your discomfort, our participating dentist recommend other treatments such as dental fillings, porcelain crowns and bonding.

When the gum tissue is separated from the tooth it is called gum recession. If gum has receded, our professional dentists will suggest a surgical gum graft for the root covering. This is considerable as it protects the tooth and reduces the sensitivity. Although, sometimes the level of sensitivity is high and cannot be treated by any of the mentioned treatments. Thus, the endodontic (root canal) treatment is eliminated to treat your sensitivity.

So, our suggestion to you is book an appointment with your Local Dentist soon to chill your hot summer with an ice cream.

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