“I Have Sensitive Teeth!”

Do you suspect you have a cavity because you have a sensitive tooth? Do you stay away from ice cream, even though your teeth are not your waist line?

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem. It can be brought on from temperature change, applied pressure or touch;  each sign and symptom tells a different story. There are two types of tooth sensitivity :

Dentinal sensitivity is quite common and is caused when the dentin, the layer of the tooth beneath the enamel, is exposed to your oral environment. As your teeth are used and abused, the outer enamel layer of the teeth becomes worn. Night grinding (bruxism), tooth decay, gum recession and damaged dental work (such as fillings) will all eventually cause the dentin  to become exposed. Because of dentin’s porous nature, when the protective enamel layer of your tooth is compromised, any food or temperature stimulation will affect the nerve endings within the tooth’s core, causing varying levels of pain.

Pulpal sensitivity is an inflammatory reaction of the pulpal tissues, including blood vessels and nerves in the center of the tooth. The causes of this type of sensitivity include tooth decay or infection, recent dental work, night grinding or injured and broken teeth.

To have your dental professional assess your dental condition, you must have a proper diagnosis! Afterwards, your dentist will provide you with proper treatment options, which could include a proper oral hygiene program, cleaning the mouth after every meal using a soft tooth brush and appropriate toothpaste (containing fluoride or potassium), and brushing and flossing twice a day. Home fluoride rinse or gel can be used to desensitize and remineralize  your teeth. A night guard can be custom fitted to your mouth to protect your oral structure (worn while you sleep). A proper diet (eliminating sweets and/or acidic foods and beverages) will help prevent sensitivity. Your dental professional can work with you to harmonize and balance your bite so all teeth receive proper loading force as well – a proper fit and selection of dental restorations will assure integrity of pulpal health.And there is possibility for root canal therapy or Gum treatments if the problems are more advanced.

It’s time to start taking care of yourself – get the proper treatment for your tooth sensitivity and be worry free!

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  1. […] Tooth sensitivity is a problem that many, many people suffer from caused by a multitude of reasons – but does it merit a visit to your dentist? Yes, it is in your best interest to receive a proper diagnosis. This will allow you to make an educated plan of action to have a trouble-free healthy mouth. […]

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