What Treatments are Available for Sensitive Teeth?
Is having ice cream or a cup of hot coffee a painful experience? When you have sensitive teeth symptoms, certain activities, like eating acidic foods, drinking a hot or cold beverage, even brushing your teeth, can cause you pain. Tooth sensitivity is quite common, especially for adults ages 30 – 40. However, it can affect people of all ages. If you have sensitive teeth symptoms ranging from an aching or mild twinge when exposed to different pressures or temperatures, you can do something about it.
At Bass River Dental in South Yarmouth, MA, our caring and experienced staff will do a thorough dental exam to determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity and develop a treatment plan. Continuing reading this article to learn more about this common dental issue and what various treatment options will reduce sensitivity.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Do you pass on cold or hot drinks because you know they'll cause a painful sensation? Does cold air or eating sweet foods aggravate your teeth? To treat sensitive teeth symptoms, it helps to understand what might be behind this dental issue. Temporary or chronic mild discomfort or sharp pains in a single tooth or multiple teeth can be caused by the following:
- Enamel erosion caused by aggressive brushing, highly acidic diet, and other factors
- Gum recession leaving the roots of the teeth exposed
- Tooth decay, or cavity
- Worn out or cracked tooth-colored or amalgam filling
- Gum infection, or periodontal disease
- Cracked dental crown or tooth
- Grinding or jaw clenching teeth at night
- Excess use of teeth whitening products
- A recent dental filling or procedure can temporarily cause nerve endings to be hypersensitive
- Sinus infection
Treatment for sensitive teeth symptoms
If a cavity, or cracked filling, is the culprit, then a tooth restoration procedure will help. If you are experiencing sensitive teeth symptoms due to periodontal disease, our dental experts will devise a treatment plan to restore your gum health and reduce sensitivity. Depending on the severity of your pain, our team might recommend:
- Fluoride treatments in-office or a prescription product to use at home to strengthen tooth enamel
- Switching to desensitizing toothpaste
- Applying bonding resin to exposed roots to desensitize the area
- Replace a filling, dental crown, or tooth bonding to alleviate painful discomfort
- Surgical gum grafting to replace lost soft tissue and reduce sensitivity
- A root canal procedure if tooth decay has reached the tooth's soft core (dental pulp)
- A custom nightguard to wear while sleeping to help with clenching or teeth grinding
How to help sudden tooth sensitivity at home?
The outer layer of tooth enamel, or dentin, is what protects our teeth. If that becomes worn down by brushing too hard, excessive drinking or eating of acidic foods and beverages, even grinding your teeth while you sleep, cause sensitive teeth symptoms. Some ways South Yarmouth, MA patients, can help strengthen the enamel and dentin are:
- Limit eating highly acidic foods
- Chewing sugarless gum increases saliva production, which helps strengthen tooth enamel
- Tea contains fluoride, which helps keep enamel strong
- Certain dietary foods, like milk, cheese, eggs, poultry, and fish help keep enamel strong
- Brush twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Switch to a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
- Use a mouthwash daily that contains fluoride
Dentist near me, and treatment help for tooth sensitivity
If your teeth have become sensitive, make an appointment with Bass River Dental in South Yarmouth, MA. Our team will listen to your concerns, do a thorough exam, and determine a treatment plan to restore your oral health. However, please don't ignore sudden tooth sensitivity and contact our dental center to schedule an appointment with our team today.