Tooth Sensitivity and How to Deal with It

Tooth Sensitivity and How to Deal with It

Tooth sensitivity can turn normally enjoyable foods and drinks into unpleasant ordeals. For patients with cavities, worn fillings, exposed tooth roots, gum disease or cracked teeth, a bowl of ice cream or a cup of hot tea may create burning or shocking sensations. Although this condition is common, it can be prevented or treated. Here is more about how tooth sensitivity occurs and how to handle it.

Development of Tooth Sensitivity

Teeth are normally protected by enamel above and below the gum line. The dentin beneath tooth enamel is less dense than the enamel, and it can become exposed if the enamel is damaged. Microscopic canals run through the dentin, and hot or cold foods and beverages can travel through these tubes and reach the ultra-sensitive nerves inside of the teeth.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Patients can often address tooth sensitivity at home with special toothpaste that desensitizes the nerves inside of teeth. With regular use of fluoride-containing products, the teeth will become remineralized more easily so that hypersensitivity can be eliminated. Patients can also visit our dentist for procedures such as bonding, crowns and inlays to repair damage causing the sensitivity. Finally, gum grafts can be used in case of receded gums, and root canal may be recommended for patients whose teeth remain sensitive after other options have been tried.

For many patients, daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups are enough to prevent tooth sensitivity from ever developing. Once the condition occurs, patients can schedule a consultation at Sunset Plaza Dental to discuss potential treatments to restore comfort.