Teeth can be sensitive for many many reasons unfortunately. A lot of the time the treatment for sensitive teeth is pretty non-invasive although other times it can be a little more involved. If you are experiencing persistent tooth sensitivity make sure to talk to your dentist about it so it can be properly diagnosed. Also remember that proper daily brushing and flossing is your first line of defense against sensitive teeth.
Reasons for Sensitivity:
- Tooth Decay
- Worn tooth (usually from grinding)
- Broken/fractured tooth
- Gum disease
- Gum recession (exposes tooth root)
- Excess tooth whitening
- Toothpaste for sensitive teeth (Sensodyne) : can help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, reducing tooth sensitivity
- In-office application of fluoride: this helps to strengthen the enamel of your tooth which in turn reduce the transmission of sensations
- Restorative procedure: filling, crown, onlay or various other procedures. These are used to repair and/or fix flaws in your teeth that could be causing painful sensitivity.
- Gum graft: surgically applying gum tissue over an exposed root to reduce sensitivity.
- Root Canal Treatment: if the pain is severe enough and is caused by more than hot or cold sensations then your dentist might recommend that you have a root canal procedure performed.