How To Tackle Tooth Sensitivity Before It Becomes Unbearable

Posted on 1/25/2020 by Roberta Cerveny, DDS
How To Tackle Tooth Sensitivity Before It Becomes UnbearableAccording to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 40 million Americans suffer from tooth sensitivity. Often, pain due to sensitive teeth is sudden and sharp and can occur from eating hot or cold foods and beverages, or even in response to extremely cold external temperatures.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

A sensitive layer of your teeth, known as dentin, is made up of thousands of microscopic channels, or tubules, which lead to the pulp of your teeth. When your dentin is exposed to extreme temperatures, both internal and external, these tubules allow cold, heat, and acidic substances to reach the nerves inside your teeth.

There are several ways to expose the dentin in your teeth, including gum disease, cracked teeth, and even long-term use of mouthwash. However, some necessary dental procedures may leave you with tooth sensitivity that is temporary. These dental procedures include root planing, crown replacement, and professional whitening treatments. This type of tooth sensitivity generally lasts from 4 to 6 weeks.

How Can I Nip Tooth Sensitivity In the Bud?

Although tooth sensitivity never disappears completely, there are ways to lessen or even eliminate symptoms for a period of time. However, until the root cause of your tooth sensitivity is eliminated, your symptoms will most likely still come and go. Proper diagnosis of the root cause of the sensitivity is key. There are several treatments available for sensitive teeth, and our office can help you determine which is the best option for you.

Like most medical treatments, there is no tooth sensitivity solution that works for every patient. Dental procedures that may reduce your tooth sensitivity include crowns or inlays, surgical gum graft, root canal, and fluoride varnish or gel. On your end, you can use a desensitizing toothpaste recommended by our office, only use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and avoid acidic foods and grinding your teeth.

Are you ready to get to the root of your tooth sensitivity and reduce or eliminate your symptoms? Contact our office for more information about the most appropriate treatments for you and your family.

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