Tooth sensitivity is a condition where you experience tooth pain or discomfort when eating or drinking cold foods like your favorite ice cream. This sensitivity may also present itself when brushing or flossing your teeth. Fortunately, this type of condition has many options for treatment which are easy and convenient.
Why Tooth Sensitivity Happens
Some tooth sensitivity involves your diet, but sometimes underlying dental problems may cause this condition. Here are a few possible reasons why your teeth are so sensitive, and what treatments might help.
- Enjoying too many acidic foods.
- Brushing your teeth too harshly.
- Use of tooth-whitening pastes and kits.
- Grinding your teeth.
- Your gums have signs of disease.
- Overusing your mouthwash.
- Buildup of plaque and tartar.
- Broken or cracked teeth.
- Your fillings have decayed.
- Sensitivity after a dental procedure.
Treatments for Tooth Sensitivity
It’s good news that sensitive teeth are usually easy to treat, and for many patients, switching toothpaste makes a big difference. Sometimes this isn’t the case, and in extreme cases where nothing helps the problem, further evaluation is necessary.
Only an evaluation by your dentist will determine the best solution for these severe instances. Below are some of the treatment options available:
Toothpaste for desensitizing teeth. There are a variety of toothpastes available that will help make teeth less sensitive by blocking pain. Many of these are found over-the-counter at your local store, and your dentist may recommend a particular brand.
Applying bonding to your teeth. When root surfaces get exposed by teeth grinding or cavities, application of a special resin to the exposed areas of a sensitive tooth may help. This desensitizing of your teeth brings long term pain relief.
Application of fluoride to the tender areas. Another option is a fluoride application to the sensitive spots on your teeth. This chemical strengthens tooth enamel which helps to reduce discomfort.
Receive a gum graft. If you have lost gum tissue due to age or lost teeth, suffering from sensitive tooth pain is a possible side effect. You may need an oral surgeon to perform a gum graft to correct the issue. Gum grafting helps to protect against sensitivity and exposing the root.
Get a root canal. This is one of the most successful methods for stopping sensitivity in teeth. Dentists may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial (OMF) surgeon for this procedure if you experience severe pain and nothing else is successful.
Get Relief from Sensitive Teeth with an Oral Surgeon
Sensitive tooth pain is a condition that has many treatment options. If you are suffering from discomfort because of certain foods you eat or a larger dental issue, it’s important to get care right away. Make sure to find a dentist or OMF surgeon that has experience in this area of pain management and treatment.
Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral Surgery has over 25 years of experience helping patients deal with this type of sensitivity. Her practice offers the most up-to-date technology that creates an exceptional treatment experience. Contact our office today at (201) 601-9262 to learn more about this dental issue and what options may help you get relief.