However, through an examination, we can diagnose, treat or make recommendations to resolve the discomfort of sensitive teeth.
What can cause sensitive teeth?
- Brushing too hard. Too much pressure on the gums when brushing can damage soft tissue down. Hard brushing, as well as a hard-bristled toothbrush, can also wear down enamel. This deterioration can make the dentin of the teeth more exposed and therefore more sensitive.
- Gum recession. The gums are what cover teeth roots. Near the roots is where a tooth’s nerve lies. Gums may recede due to gum disease, hard brushing, or tooth clenching and grinding. When recession occurs, the dentin and root become more exposed and can cause sensitivity.
- Gingivitis. This early form of gum disease causes inflammation in the gums, which can cause the nerves of teeth to become more reactive to temperatures and substances.
- Tooth damage. A thorough dental exam should be conducted to check for small cracks in enamel that could be causing sensitivity.
- Acidity. Some foods are very acidic and can cause enamel to erode. Energy drinks are a prime example. Additionally, some mouthwash products contain alcohol that can be acidic and degrade teeth.
- Dental procedures. Some treatments, such as teeth whitening, can cause sensitivity. In the case of dental-related sensitivity, symptoms typically go away spontaneously within a week or two.
- Grinding and clenching can also degrade enamel, making dentin more vulnerable and teeth more sensitive.
What can be done to decrease the discomfort of sensitive teeth:
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle pressure when brushing.
- Using desensitizing toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.
- Using fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash daily.
- Avoiding sugary and acidic foods, such as vinaigrette salad dressing.
Our dentists at Identity may suggest a few proven treatments to alleviate tooth sensitivity. The best treatment can be determined by identifying the cause of tooth pain. Common treatment options include:
- Fluoride treatment.
- Dental sealants.
- Tooth bonding.
- A dental inlay or crown.
- Periodontal treatment to correct receding gums.
- Root canal treatment to eliminate infection and pain inside of a tooth.
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