Sensitive teeth

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

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For people with sensitive teeth, something as ordinary as eating ice cream or having a bite of hot pizza can cause agonizing pain. Others may even experience pain when pressure is applied to their teeth or when breathing in cold air. Tooth sensitivity is quite common and for most sufferers this “small” issue often takes the backseat. If tooth sensitivity is affecting your quality of life, inform your dentist right away.

Why does tooth sensitivity happen?

Tooth sensitivity is often a result of exposure of dentin (the part of the tooth which covers the nerves) due to the wearing away of the enamel or gum recession.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

  • Tooth decay
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Worn enamel
  • Worn dental fillings
  • Gum recession
  • Gum disease
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism
  • Excessive use of home teeth whitening products

What can I do if I have sensitive teeth?

Treatment for sensitive teeth depends on the underlying cause. At Dr. Michael’s, our dentists or dental hygienists may recommend the use of desensitizing toothpastes. These are specially-formulated to make your teeth less sensitive and help prevent tooth decay through its fluoride content. They may also suggest in-office fluoride gel application, or dental treatments like fillings, crowns or bonding to correct a flaw that triggers sensitivity. If your case is severe and cannot be treated by other means, our endodontist may perform root canal treatment to eliminate the problem.

If you experience any of the symptoms of tooth sensitivity, be sure to visit your dentist or dental hygienist immediately. For more questions on tooth sensitivity, write to us.