Do you have sensitive teeth? If it is painful to consume either hot or very cold beverages or foods, they might be. Sensitive teeth can cause even brushing and flossing to become painful. There are several causes for this, including cavities, fractured or chipped teeth, gum disease, worn fillings, or an exposed root on a tooth. Your teeth are protected by enamel, but when that enamel wears away and exposes what is underneath (the dentin), some pain and sensitivity results.
Treatment for sensitive teeth can vary depending on the severity and the cause. Below are several treatment options, however it is important to have your dental health professional look at your teeth and gums and decide on the best option for you.
- toothpaste for sensitive teeth: You have probably seen this at the drugstore. It can take several times of use before this toothpaste helps, as it works by blocking the transmission of sensation to the tooth.
- Fluoride treatment: An in-office gel treatment to block sensations and strengthen the existing tooth enamel.
- Crown, inlay, or bonding: Used if tooth decay is the cause for sensitivity.
- Surgical gum graft: If the root of your tooth is exposed due to loss of gum tissue, this can help prevent future sensitivity.
- Root canal
You can prevent many of the causes of tooth sensitivity through routine dental visits and proper dental hygiene, but sometimes even excellent oral hygiene can still result in sensitivity issues.