Do you feel a sharp and painful sensation when you eat or drink hot or cold or acidic foods or drinks? Does brushing your teeth or flossing cause occasional pain? If you experience these conditions, then you may suffer from teeth sensitivity.
At Dental One Care, we provide you with effective remedies and treatment options to treat tooth sensitivity.
What are the Causes of Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a common condition and nearly half of the global population experiences it at one time or another. Some of the common causes of tooth sensitivity are the following:
- Decay of your tooth (or development of cavities)
- Damaged tooth or teeth
- Worn out fillings
- Wear and tear
- Worn teeth enamel
- The exposed root of a tooth
There is an enamel layer on the surface of your teeth that protects the part of your teeth above the gums. Inside the gums, there is a thin layer known as ‘cementum’, which protects the roots of your teeth. Beneath the enamel and cementum lies dentin.
Dentin has microscopic tubules. When the protective tooth covering the enamel and cementum is lost, hot or cold or acidic foods or drinks reach the nerves as well as cells inside your tooth through microscopic tubules. These exposed areas of the root trigger hypersensitivity in your tooth. This is often because of receding gums or some periodontal disease.
If you have sensitive teeth, it is important to consult your dentist in Sterling Heights, MI, to prevent any further damage to your teeth and gums. Dr. Farhat recommends the best available treatment option for sensitive teeth.
Treatment Options for Tooth Sensitivity
We asked our friend, Dr. Ben Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA, about treating tooth sensitivity. Dr. Kacos recommended the following treatment options. However, the choice of treatment depends mainly on the cause of sensitivity.
- Use of Desensitizing Toothpaste: There are many types of desensitizing toothpaste available on the market. These have ingredients that block sensations from the surface of your tooth toward the nerves. However, several applications are needed before you experience a reduction in sensitivity.
- Fluoride Gel Treatment: It is an in-office treatment performed at Dental One Care which helps strengthen your tooth enamel and significantly decreases sensations to your nerves.
- Bonding or Crown Inlay: These treatments are recommended when you have a decaying tooth or have a tooth flaw that causes sensitivity.
- Root Canal Treatment: If you are experiencing severe tooth sensitivity persistently and all other treatments fail to reduce it, Dr. Farhat at Sterling Heights Dentist may recommend a root canal treatment. This helps treat tooth sensitivity issue.
Is it Possible to Prevent Tooth Sensitivity?
Yes, you can prevent tooth sensitivity by adopting regular oral hygiene to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. This prevents the risk of development of periodontal problems and receding gums. Dr. Farhat at Dental One Care recommends regularly brushing your teeth along with flossing after every meal and use of low corrosion toothpaste which helps reduce the risk of tooth sensitivity significantly.