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Everything You Should Know About Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth…it happens.

You may have experience tooth sensitivity when eating an ice cream cone on a warm summer’s day or drinking a hot cup of coffee. You may have thought this was weird. You didn’t experience any type of pain before.

Tooth sensitivity can happen out of nowhere and for different reasons.

Today we are going to cover everything you should know about sensitive teeth from symptoms, why it happens and how it can be treated.

What are the symptoms of sensitive teeth?

If you experience painful feelings when your teeth touch something cold or hot. Typically what you are eating or drinking you experience this. Do you find it painful to put your toothbrush against your teeth to brush them?

Your symptoms may come and go for a period of time. The severity of these symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Why does it happen?

Sensitive teeth can happen to some people because their tooth enamel is naturally thin. Remember the enamel is the outer layer of your teeth that protects it from everything you eat or drink.

Your teeth enamel can be weakened by various activities:

  • Grinding your teeth when you are sleeping
  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Using a hard bristled toothbrush
  • Eating and drinking acidic food on a regular basis

Besides doing those things there are other reasons that can lead to teeth sensitivity such as broken teeth, chipped, tooth decay and worn out fillings and crowns that leave your dentin exposed.

Other things that can lead to temporary tooth sensitivity are whitening teeth or getting dental work done.

How do you treat sensitive teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth the good news that it can be treated in several ways. Ultimately, the type of treatment you can get will depend on the root cause of your teeth sensitivity.

Here are five potential treatments that could get recommended to you according to the ADA. We are going to start with the most severe case first.

  1. Root Canal: Meant to treat the most sensitive teeth if no other treatment works.
  2. Surgical Gum Graft: If you have lost gum tissue from the root then the gum graft will help protect reduce sensitivity and protect the root.
  3. Crown, Inlay or Bonding: These methods are used to reduce sensitivity.
  4. Fluoride Gel: Strengthens tooth enamel and reduces sensitive sensations.
  5. Desensitizing Toothpaste: Will block sensitive sensations from the root to the tooth surface. May need to use multiple times to feel it work.

Please consult with your dentist to help you determine the severity and cause of your sensitive teeth.

We want to make sure that you know the cause of your sensitive teeth and help alleviate any pain.