Are Your Teeth Sensitive? Miami Beach Dentist Discusses Ways to Eliminate Sensitive Teeth
If a glass of cold water is causing you to jump? Or a sip of hot coffee is a painful experience for you? Maybe brushing or flossing makes you wince occasionally? If you answered yes to any of these, you may suffer from sensitive teeth. What actually causes sensitive teeth? Here are a few possible causes for sensitive teeth:
Tooth decay (cavities)
Worn tooth enamel
Exposed tooth root
Your teeth have a layer of enamel that protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity to certain things.
Did you know that sensitive teeth can be treated? The type of treatment will depend on what is causing your specific sensitivity. Some of these treatments include:
Special desensitizing toothpaste. These special toothpastes usually contain compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. They may take several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
Fluoride gel application. This is an in-office procedure that actually strengthens the tooth enamel. The result is reduced the transmission of sensations and less sensitivity.
Dental crown, inlay or bonding. These are dental restorations that correct a flaw or decay. The ultimate result is reduced sensitivity or even no sensitivity at all.
Gum graft. This is a surgical option that replaces gum tissue that has been lost from the root. This will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
Root canal. Sometimes when sensitivity is severe and persistent and you have tried other options, a root canal may be the solution.
One of the main keys to reducing tooth sensitivity is having a sound dental health plan. Yes, proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Start by getting a professional cleaning in our office and continue with proper dental care at home.
Make an appointment with our office today if you have sensitive teeth. Many times simple changes as changing your toothbrush or adjusting your hygiene routine are enough to diminish tooth sensitivity. However, it is good to know that there are many options available to reduce sensitive teeth.
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