Tooth sensitivity can occur in many ways, some even without out knowledge. For example, teeth- grinding can wear down your tooth enamel while you sleep. Leaky fillings received years ago can cause sharp jolts of pain when you least expect it. Even brushing too much can wear down enamel and make sipping your next cup of coffee extra difficult. However, you shouldn’t give up on treating your sensitive teeth just yet.
According to your dentist, there are ways to manage and even treat the pain and discomfort typically associated with sensitive teeth. Here are just a few ways to address it today or at your next dental appointment.
Start Using Desensitizing Toothpaste
Many toothpaste brands cater specifically to consumers who have sensitive teeth. Before pursuing any invasive treatments, purchase some desensitizing toothpaste or toothpaste designed for people with sensitive teeth. After multiple applications over several weeks, you just might notice a difference as the paste works to block pain associated with sensitivity.
With the help of fluoride varnishes from your dentist, you can have an added layer of protection and strength to your tooth enamel. This varnish also works to reduce pain regularly felt with sensitive teeth. If necessary, your dentist may recommend you use a prescription fluoride at home as well.
Purchase a Custom Nightguard
As mentioned earlier, bruxism, also known as teeth-grinding, can wear down tooth enamel and make your teeth more sensitive to brushing, flossing, and eating hot or cold foods. By purchasing a custom nightguard from your dentist, you’ll have a perfectly catered layer of protection from pressure while sleeping. As a bonus, you’ll be able to treat temporomandibular joint issues before they appear.
Consider Dental Bonding
A common cause of sensitive teeth is exposed root surfaces. This occurs when you have more advanced forms of gum disease. To reduce discomfort, your dentist can apply a bonding resin to the root surfaces. Don’t worry, they’ll administer a local anesthetic beforehand, so you’ll feel little discomfort during application.
For Severe Cases: Gum Grafts and Root Canals
If none of the previous methods provide relief, there are more advanced treatments available for sensitive teeth. One of these is a surgical gum graft. This entails taking healthy gum tissue from another area in your mouth and attaching it to a vulnerable area. This protects exposed roots and reduces sensitivity.
Your dentist may also recommend a root canal if you experience severe pain. This procedure treats your tooth’s soft core and is considered the most effective treatment for sensitive teeth.
Regardless of the treatment you choose, it’s important you brush twice a day and floss daily to reduce sensitivity. Make sure you don’t brush too harshly either. For more tips and ideas for reducing discomfort from sensitive teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Robert Long completed his undergraduate education from Baylor University and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Health Science Center at San Antonio. After completing a two- year General Practice Residency, he completed IV sedation certification as well as additional oral surgery training. To learn more about his treatments for sensitive teeth, you can contact him at either of his practices here.