Causes and Treatment of Sensitive Teeth

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth making it difficult to eat, drink, and even brush their teeth. In most instances tooth sensitivity can be treated. The treatment recommended will usually depend on what your dentist feels is causing the issue. Here are a few causes of tooth sensitivity:

  • Attrition, which is the wearing away of tooth enamel
  • Cavities or decalcified enamel
  • Cracked/fractured teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Old, failing or leaking fillings
  • Gum recession
  • Over use of whitening or bleaching products

Regular and proper oral hygiene is the most important key to preventing sensitive tooth pain. Once present, tooth sensitivity is usually a sign that something is wrong. If not treated, you may be at risk for long-term issues, including tooth loss.

Treatment options:

  • Desensitizing/sensitivity toothpaste, the paste will take a few weeks before any relief is felt
  • Prescription strength fluoride gel or varnish applied by your dentist or hygienist
  • Prescription toothpastes containing hydroxyapatite or fluoride
  • At home over-the-counter fluoride gels or rinses
  • A new filling if an existing filling is extremely sensitive or cracked
  • A filling or crown if the tooth is fractured
  • Possible root canal if the cavity or old filling is affecting the nerve or pulp of the tooth

If you are experiencing sensitive teeth, call your dentist so they can help determine the cause, and propose necessary treatment.

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