Sensitive teeth are something many people suffer with. From eroded enamel to exposed roots and cavities, there could be many things causing your teeth sensitivity. If you’re suffering from sharp pain while brushing, eating, or encountering hot or cold against your teeth, you don’t have to live with that pain. Some of the options that could help reduce your teeth sensitivity include:
All of your dental products at home contain a small amount of fluoride, but your dentist may be able to offer a more potent and direct fluoride application to strengthen your enamel. Your dentist may send you home with a tray to apply fluoride yourself or perform it in the office.
There are numerous options over the counter to treat tooth sensitivity with the right toothpaste. Most of them marketing towards sensitive teeth contain a desensitizing agent that will help block the feeling of pain after repeated use. Based on your individual case, your dentist will be able to recommend the right brand for you.
If your sensitivity is caused by thinning gums that have exposed the root of your tooth, there’s a surgical procedure available. Your dentist is able to repair the thinned area of your gums by grafting over it with a portion of the healthy part of your gums from another area in your mouth. This procedure is typically reserved only for more severe cases of sensitive teeth.
A root canal is a serious dental procedure, but it could be the answer to your sensitive teeth. A root canal will be able to treat the tooth deeper than any other method and address problems such as a soft core or exposed nerves.
Ultimately, prevention is the best medicine. Once you’ve cared for your sensitive teeth it’s important to take steps to prevent the problem in the future. Brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste is essential to your dental health. Dentists recommended using a soft bristled brush, rather than a stiff brush that will brush away part of your enamel. Most importantly, if you begin noticing signs of tooth sensitivity you should visit a dentist right away to get ahead of the problem. Schedule an appointment to learn more about the treatment options we offer to relieve your tooth sensitivity. Depending on the case, you may be able to feel relief as soon as your first visit!