When you eat ice cream or have a cup of coffee, do you experience any pain or discomfort? Or maybe when you brush or floss? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. You get sensitive teeth when the surface beneath the teeth gets exposed. When this happens, it allows hot, cold, or sweet food to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.
There are a number of possible causes for sensitive teeth including, tooth decay (cavities), broken or chipped teeth, old and worn fillings, gum disease, or teeth grinding. Thankfully, we have the ability to treat sensitive teeth. At Midtown Dental in Sacramento, California, Dr. Jenny Apekian can work with you to diagnose the cause of the sensitivity and suggest a solution. Some of these treatments that can are:
- Desensitizing toothpaste - This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve.
- Fluoride gel - An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
- A crown, inlay or bonding - These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
- Surgical gum graft - If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal - If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.
Ultimately, proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Please contact Midtown Dental in Sacramento, CA, if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.
Source: American Dental Association - www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sensitive-teeth