Sensitive teeth are an ailment for many people and may make it where you can no longer enjoy some of the foods you love. Sensitivity to hot or cold as well as sugary foods is a common issue many people face when they have sensitive teeth.
Sensitive teeth are most commonly caused by wear to the tooth enamel. The enamel of the tooth protects the sensitive inner layer of the tooth called the dentin. The dentin of a tooth has many nerve endings which can be bothered by certain foods.
However, sensitive teeth can be caused by more than a lack of enamel. More serious cases of sensitivity may point to cases of severely damaged teeth or gums. It is important to note that over the counter sensitivity repair can help minor cases of sensitive teeth, but for more serious cases it cannot be used to help the problem.
It is important to consult us if you are having sensitive teeth, because we will be able to assess your teeth and find the cause for them being sensitive. After consultation about your sensitive teeth, there are steps we can take to help you eat the things you loved once again.
Ways to Help Sensitive Teeth
First, we will do a full examination making sure to look for things that may be causing your problem. Depending on the cause of your sensitive teeth, we will offer different solution to help your sensitive teeth. If your sensitive teeth are cause by enamel wear, we can apply a small amount of fluoride to your teeth which can strengthen your teeth and help with sensitivity.
We also may recommend a certain toothpaste based on the type of enamel wear, or applying sealants to those teeth to dull the discomfort. For gum related sensitivity, we may suggest a gum graft. Sensitivity near the base of the gums is typically caused by an exposed tooth root. By implementing a gum graft, we will be able to cover the exposed root and stop sensitivity in that area.
If you are experiencing daily sensitivity, we ask that you come into our office for a visit. Sensitivity could indicate more serious problems that will worsen with time, so it is important to get your teeth examined as quickly as possible. While you are here, we can provide you with information on why your teeth have sensitivity and offer follow up treatments if necessary.
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